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 members of the Tongva tribe, Owens Valley Indian Water Commission and Youth Passageways we will hold 3 x 1 day walks in Los Angeles City in September 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.
When: September 03rd, 04th & 05th 2021 … You are welcome to sign up for 1, 2 or 3 days
- Sept 03rd – We invite young community activists
- Sept 04th – We invite Families
- Sept 05th – Open to All
Where: Los Angeles City, exact location TBD
Guides: Gigi Coyle, Annie Mendoza, Orland Bishop & Kate Bunney
Cost: By donation – No one turned away for lack of funds
More Info and Registration: Kate Bunney – [email protected]