Owens Valley

Owens Valley is the arid valley of the Owens River in eastern California in the United States, to the east of the Sierra Nevada and west of the White Mountains and Inyo Mountains on the west edge of the Great Basin section. The mountain peaks on either side (including Mount Whitney) reach above 14,000 feet (4,300 m) in elevation, while the floor of the Owens Valley is at 4,500 feet (1,400 m), making the valley one of the deepest in the United States. The Sierra Nevada casts the valley in a rain shadow, which makes Owens Valley "the Land of Little Rain." The bed of Owens Lake, now a predominantly dry endorheic alkali flat, sits on the southern end of the valley.

The valley provides water to the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the source of half of the water for Los Angeles, and is infamous as the scene of one of the fiercest and longest running episodes of the California Water Wars. These episodes inspired aspects of the film Chinatown.

Towns in the Owens Valley include Bishop, Lone Pine, Independence and Big Pine. The major road in the valley is U.S. Route 395.

Read more about Owens Valley:  Geology, Ecology, History, Radio Observatory

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California Water Wars - The Second Owens Valley Aqueduct
... Owens Valley springs and seeps dried and disappeared, and groundwater-dependent vegetation began to die ... Angeles, and in 1997, Inyo County, Los Angeles, the Owens Valley Committee, the Sierra Club, and other concerned parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding that specified terms by which the lower ... Water Department have shown that impacts to the valley's groundwater-dependent vegetation, such as alkali meadows, continue ...
Owens Valley - Radio Observatory
... The Owens Valley Radio Observatory located near Westgard Pass is one of ten dishes comprising the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) ...
Tule Elk - History
... caused the release of cattle and horses on the grasslands of the Central Valley ... In 1960, the state held a hearing in Owens Valley to determine how many elk should be allowed to live there ... the Tupman State Reserve (32), Cache Creek (80) and Owens Valley, Inyo County (300 elk) were in place ...
Owens Valley Solar Array
... The Owens Valley Solar Array (OVSA) is an astronomical radio telescope array with main interests in studying the physics of the Sun ... The OVSA is located at Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO), near Big Pine, California ...
Owens Valley Paiute
... Further information Mono tribe Owens Valley Paiute live on the California-Nevada border, near the Owens River on the eastern side of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Owens Valley and ...

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