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Owens Valley Residents Mourn 100 years of Colonial Rule and Resource Exploitation
Approximately 25 residents of the Owens Valley stood in protest, leafletting outside DWP Headquarters in Los Angeles Tuesday as Mayor Garcetti and DWP conducted a re-enactment of the events which took place 100 years before.
Present were members of the Big Pine, Bishop, and Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribes, the Owens Valley Committee (OVC), and several Los Angelenos who proudly stood with us in opposition to their city government.
Explaining that “While We Can’t Change the Past, We want to Create a Better Future,” our leaflet outlined a four point plan for the next 100 years: Limiting annual pumping to 70,000 acre feet a year, restoring irrigation flow to Owens Valley Ranchers as intended by the Water Agreement, Bringing a third party into Water Agreement Management to break the gridlock, and reducing dependence on water and power from outside Los Angeles.
Our leaflet was well received by 700 attendees of the event, many of whom expressed sadness and concern over their city’s impact on our valley.