Owens Valley, California Basin Management to Meet Both Water Resources and Environmental Goals

by Melvin L. Blevins, LADWP, Los Angeles, CA, USA,
Gene L. Coufal, LADWP, Los Angeles, CA, USA,
Amy R. Vershel, LADWP, Los Angeles, CA, USA,
Moseis Garcia, LADWP, Los Angeles, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Forum '86: World Water Issues in Evolution


The City of Los Angeles imports over 60 percent of its water supply from the Owens River Watershed as part of the resources used in serving 3. 5 million people. As part of this operation, the City has pumped from the Owens Valley an average of 90,500 AF/Yr (Period 1970-85), roughly half for in-valley uses and half for exports. In recent years, concern has been expressed regarding the environment of the Owens Valley and, in particular, vegetation on the valley floor, which has an area of over 150,000 acres. The environment is a major factor in meeting the goals for management in the Owens Valley.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Basins | Resource management | Environmental issues | Urban areas | Rivers and streams | Pumps | Watersheds | California | United States | Los Angeles

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