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11/27/2001 LADWP reverses the flow
Many years after diverting Owens River water to aqueducts and away from its natural path to the Owens Lake, Los Angeles has succeeded in piping water from an aqueduct to the lake bed.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) officially began shallow flooding on a small portion of the Owens Lake bed this November as a dust control measure. Dust storms from the drying lake bed carry naturally occuring toxic chemicals, egregiously exceed federal clean air standards, and threaten the health of local residents.

As part of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District, LADWP will be irrigating approximately 10 square miles of the lake bed by December to control dust. Further dust control measures will include salt grass cultivation on a small portion of the lake bed.

LADWP has promised to meet federal clean air standards in the area by 2006.
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