The 3 main imported sources of water to LA county are: The State Water Project, The Colorado River, and the LA Aqueduct.
The first LA Aqueduct was built in 1913, it stretched nearly 250 miles up to Payahuunadu, the land where the water flows, also known as Owens Valley, Eastern Sierras. The deliberate elimination of the Paiute Shoshone peoples of Payahuunadu had already begun in the late 1880’s. The building of the aqueduct saw the beginning of the gradual loss of a sustainable environment, the loss of a once thriving environment, and the growing mutually dependant relationship with Los Angeles. A relationship that has born conflict and animosity for over 100 years now.
In partnership with the Tongva tribe, Owens Valley Indian Water Commission and Youth Passageways we will hold 3 day walks in Los Angeles in the Fall of 2021 to explore what it would mean for Los Angeles to be water independent, what it has meant for both the Paiute people and the Tongva people that LA is not and how we can all play a part in creating a resilient LA. We will also invite the LA Mayors office of Infrastructure, other elected officials and experts to join to both share and listen.
We will give focus to young adults but all interested people are welcome.
When: Fall 2021
Where: Los Angeles, exact location TBD
Cost: By donation
More Info: Kate Bunney – [email protected]