The Sacramento Delta provides 1/3 of Southern California’s water supply. However, the Sacramento Delta water supply is, “vulnerable to climate change, failure’s in Delta levee’s and dry years”/ drought.
This article includes a video that is just over 4-minutes long and well worth your time. Scroll down and see the video: Construction of the Owens Valley Project, on your left.
The Delta’s Eco-system is in a state of trauma currently. As a resolution, acting Governor Brown suggest building two tunnels that are, “30 miles long and 40 feet wide” to “improve the quality of the Delta and restore the surrounding habitat.
In contrast developers propose that the Governor’s two-tunnel proposal is too costly and too uncertain. Developers propose that one cannot predict the environmental impact the two tunnels would have on the environment.
Developers assert a combination of a smaller less costly structure, such as only one tunnel and implementing more water conservation and/or recycling programs in Southern California cities.
The topic rolls back the clock on how the Southern California area was developed initially. In the beginning, the Southern California city of Los Angeles had no water supply. The acting mayor at that time, Frederick Eaton who was elected in 1898 (32 years after slavery) called upon William Mulholland to head the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
Los Angeles was mostly desert at this time in history but unlike the majority of historical ancient civilization’s who moved closer to the water, such as Ancient Egyptians, Eaton and Mulholland researched potential water supply systems and determined that an area known as Owens Valley had a sufficient water supply.
Unfortunately, Owens Valley farmers were heavily dependent on their water supply. Eaton and Mulholland go down in history of having no regard for the Owens Valley citizen’s and using trickery of all types to gain control of the Owens Valley water supply.
Their water “project” has over 160 tunnels and became known as the Los Angeles Aqueduct and came to completion in approximately 1914. Mulholland’s words at the completion of the “project” are recorded in history as, “there it is… take it.” The Owens Lake was completely dry by 1924.
Thereafter, Los Angeles continued to use Owens Valley as a water resource creating similar water systems from the Owens Valley. To date, controversy, proposals and resistance of the Owens Valley continues. You can navigate to Recent water history – Owens Valley Committee to see current updates/issues regarding the Owens Valley to Los Angeles water events/controversy.
You may also take interest in the United States Geological Survey’s link regarding the Owens Valley at the following link: Owens Valley Hydrogeology Overview – California Water Science …
It seems that whenever natural order is disturbed, thereafter, disequilibrium continues to show up and take form in one way or another; Hence, the current Sacramento Delta to Southern California water crisis.
In addition to the video embedded in this article, you may also take interest in the following 3-minute video: Expansion of L. A. – Destruction of Owens River & Valley
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