NCSSM 2011 Summer Symposium, The Waterless West: The California Water Wars

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An over view of the California Water Wars for students in "The Waterless West" course, part of the NCSSM 2011 Summer Symposium on the Global Water Crisis

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NCSSM 2011 Summer Symposium, The Waterless West: The California Water Wars

  1. 1. The California Water Wars<br />The Waterless West<br />
  2. 2. The Architects<br />from left to right:<br />J.B. Lippincott, Fred Eaton, and William Mulholland<br />
  3. 3. The Owens River Valley<br />The Owens Valley lies 200+ miles from Los Angeles<br />
  4. 4. The Hopes of the Owens Valley<br />In the first decade of the twentieth century, Owens Valley residents anticipated a Bureau of Reclamation Project to irrigate their farmlands.<br />J.B. Lippincott was the USBR official in charge of projects in the Pacific region. He was also a resident of Los Angeles.<br />While serving as USBR Supervising Engineer, Lippincott simultaneously served on a Board of Engineers researching access to water for Los Angeles.<br />
  5. 5. The Hopes of the Owens Valley<br />LA officials used Lippincott’s connection to the USBR to befuddle Owens Valley residents<br />Following an appeal by a CA State Senator to President T. Roosevelt, he declared<br /> “it is a hundred or a thousand fold more important to the state and more valuable to the people as a whole if used by the city than if used by the people of the Owens Valley”<br />Against the recommendations of the State Representative from Inyo County, CA.<br />

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