12/12/2012 OVC presents "A Search for Justice"
OVC presents "A Search for Justice"

Residents of the Owens Valley have lived with the profound influence of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for more than one hundred years, and there is a long history of citizen activism. In the early 1970s, with the advent of the second LA aqueduct and devastating groundwater pumping, Inyo County and its people fought back in the courts in what turned out to be a 25-year legal battle. One of the major accomplishments of that battle is the Inyo/LA Long Term Water Agreement.

The Owens Valley Committee invites its members and the public to a free program on the promise of the Water Agreement, what it is, and where we stand now that the agreement has been in effect for more than 20 years. The program will be presented in the following locations:

When: Dec. 4, Tues., 7:00 pm
Where: Lone Pine Film History Museum, 701 South Main Street

When: Dec. 12, Wed., 7:00 pm
Where: White Mountain Research Station classroom, 3000 E. Line St., east of Bishop

The program will begin with a short documentary video, A Search for Justice, produced by the Inyo County Board of Supervisors in 1991. This video presents the promise of the Water Agreement, its goals and major provisions--the reasons OVC and the majority of Owens Valley citizens supported the Water Agreement at its inception.

However, some opposition always existed to any agreement with LADWP. Even supporters harbored concerns about implementation and enforcement of the Water Agreement. Following the video, there will be a panel discussion focused on understanding what the Water Agreement is and what it was intended to do, although concerns about the Agreement's implementation and enforcement will be addressed more fully in a future program. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

OVC Executive Director Mark Bagley will moderate and participate in the panel. Other panelists will include former Inyo County Water Commissioner Thaddeus Taylor, who was on the Water Agreement negotiating team for Inyo, and Nancy Masters, daughter of Supervisor Keith Bright who also was on the Inyo negotiating team. One or two additional panelists may also join us.
Contacts:  Mark Bagley  Phone: 760-873-5326