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LA's water department casts its shadow over the Owens Valley

by Take Two

Bobbie Stryffeler-Bornmann moved to the eastern Sierra with her husband to chase snow. Twenty-eight years later, her daughters grown, she works in the Bishop administrative offices of the LADWP. Molly Peterson/KPCC

While folks here greeted the LA Aqueduct as an engineering marvel in 1913, ranchers and farmers in the Owens Valley called it a water grab.

One-hundred years later, that view endures, but it's been tempered somewhat. Over the decades, the LA Department of Water and Power has provided jobs to thousands of valley residents.

KPCC's Molly Peterson takes a look at how locals are reconciling that sometimes uncomfortable bond.

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