California Water Wars

California Water Wars

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The California Water Wars were the disputes between Los Angeles and the Owens Valley in California over water rights. The disputes stem from Los Angeles' location in a semi-arid area and the availability of water from Sierra Nevada runoff in the Owens Valley.In 1833, Joseph Reddeford Walker led the first known expedition into the area that would later be called the Owens Valley in central California. Walker saw that the valley's soil conditions were inferior to those on the other side of the Sierra Nevada range and that runoff from the mountains was absorbed into the arid desert ground. After the United States gained control of California in 1848 the first public land survey conducted by A.W. Von Schmidt from 1855 to 1856 was an initial step in securing government control of the valley. Von Schmidt reported that the valley's soil was not good for agriculture except for the land near streams, and incorrectly stated that the "Owens Valley [was] worthless to the White Man."show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 100g
  • Cred Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136720388
  • 9786136720388