Storm over Mono: The Mono Lake Battle and the California Water Future

Storm over Mono The Mono Lake Battle and the California Water Future A dramatic environmental saga unfolds in John Hart s compelling story of the fight to save Mono Lake This ancient inland sea in the eastern Sierra near Yosemite National Park is among the oldest in

  • Title: Storm over Mono: The Mono Lake Battle and the California Water Future
  • Author: JohnHart
  • ISBN: 9780520203686
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • A dramatic environmental saga unfolds in John Hart s compelling story of the fight to save Mono Lake This ancient inland sea, in the eastern Sierra near Yosemite National Park, is among the oldest in North America But over the past fifty years, as its feeder streams were steadily drained to supply water to ever growing, ever thirsty Los Angeles, the lake s water volume eA dramatic environmental saga unfolds in John Hart s compelling story of the fight to save Mono Lake This ancient inland sea, in the eastern Sierra near Yosemite National Park, is among the oldest in North America But over the past fifty years, as its feeder streams were steadily drained to supply water to ever growing, ever thirsty Los Angeles, the lake s water volume eventually was reduced by half Mono Lake s bizarre but productive ecosystem began to collapse salinity greatly increased, nesting and migrating birds were threatened, and fierce alkali dust storms became a common occurrence.Then, in the mid 1970s, a handful of people, most of them students with minimal financial resources, began a campaign to save the dying lake They took on not only Los Angeles but the entire state government and a whole way of thinking about water Their fight seemed doomed in the beginning, but long years of grassroots education and effort finally paid off In 1994, the California Water Resources Control Board ruled that Los Angeles s use of Mono Lake s waters be restricted Over time, the lake will return to a healthy condition.John Hart integrates natural, social, and political history into a story that is a source of hope for anyone concerned about the environment Storm over Mono demonstrates the important role of science in public policy debates and validates the concept of the public trust, the idea that certain things belong to us all, not metaphorically but in simple legal fact.Complementing Hart s narrative are 32 stunning color photographs by a dozen leading nature photographers, along with numerous black and white photographs, illustrations, and maps.

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    1. A modern telling of David vs Goliath over water in the West. In this version of the story, it's David Gaines - the graduate student from U. C. Davis. And Goliath is none other then the water company brought to life by William Mulholland and friends. Storm Over Mono has all the makings of a biblical tale, however, it reads much more like a case study for a class in environmental law.The small, but scrappy, Mono Lake Committee along with California Trout and others used their dogged persistence to [...]

    2. The definitive source on the water controversies and compromises that were reached in order to restore Mono Lake and it's tributary streams. The story continues, but it's the story of one of the most successful environmental victories and how it all unfolded.

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