27 Jul '11, 9pm

Green: In Western Water Wars, Fighters and, Yes, Peacemakers

Writing about water in a region where water is scarce can be a daunting business. In a graduate program, the prerequisites would be geology, hydrology, chemistry, law and engineering — especially law and engineering. The people involved in the issue (who call themselves “water buffaloes,” not without pride) tend to be defined by their fights as much as their accomplishments. In fact, when they are won, the fights are synonymous with their accomplishments. Thanks to the movie “Chinatown” and histories like Marc Reisner’s “Cadillac Desert” and William L. Kahrl’s “Water and Power,” William Mulholland, the head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, will forever be linked to the 1920s dessication of the Owens Valley, whose water he successfully fought to transfer to the San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles. Benjamin B. Mouer, Arizona’s governor in 1934, earned we...

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