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Owens, river, c.120 mi (190 km) long, rising in the Sierra Nevada, E Calif., SE of Yosemite National Park and flowing SE, to enter Owens Lake, near Mt. Whitney. Since 1913, at a point c.45 mi (70 km) NW of Owens Lake, an aqueduct has diverted the bulk of the river's water to Los Angeles, causing Owens Lake, formerly some 100 sq mi (260 sq km) in size, to dry up. Because the dust from the dry lake was a health hazard, pipelines were constructed in 2001 to saturate a portion of the lakebed and greatly reduce the dust. In 2006, following a 2005 court order, a sufficient quantity of water to help restore the valley's environment was again permitted to course through the river; the water is captured at the north end of the lake and used for dust control on the lakebed or pumped into the aqueduct. In 2014 a new dust control method was agreed on that would use deep tilling to reduce the amount of water required.
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Jesse, real name John Cleveland Owens. 1913--80, US Black athlete: won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics (1936)
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"Nature does a tremendous job of planting," continued Hill, as we navigated some tight, narrow turns in the Tule reeds and made our way toward Owens Lake. "The water has done all the heavy lifting."
Right, dust bowl left after aqueduct was used to drain water from Owens Lake, California
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Ahead of us was the Owens River, sucked into a thin thread by Los Angeles and its need for water, and I could just glimpse the northern end of the shrinking Owens Lake. Yet from the air, the land appeared indomitable, indifferent to our human squabbles and rapacious ways.
Last glacial maximum and Holocene lake levels of Owens Lake, eastern California, USA.
Swansea in California was once a booming "silver town" on the eastern shore of Owens Lake and owed its success to silver-mining operations in the nearby Cerro Gordo Mines in the late 1860s.
Fremont which left from Bent's Fort on the Oregon Trail met up with Walker and Richard Owens in 1844, and it was Fremont who named Owens River, Owens Valley and Owens Lake in honor of Owens' abilities.
Owens Lake, once a hundred square miles in size, lay in the 1890s "like a vast lidless eye" in the desert basin.
The valley is approximately 120 miles by six miles and is bisected by the Owens River that, until diverted to the aqueduct, dumped into the alkaline Owens Lake. In 1920, prior to major land purchases by Los Angeles, there were just over 7,000 people in the valley; living on farms or in five small towns.
" Using aerial photography, David Maisel shows what Owens Lake looks like with its water diverted to Los Angeles and a system of shallow flooding controlling pollution from windblown dust.