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"Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chip Deale
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In the latest ACMA Community Blog post, Fellow and Regent Dean Formanek of Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek PLC in Phoenix - joined by Yvonne Tindell, a law clerk at the firm - provides an entertaining snippet of California history that describes the wheeling and dealing involved in the building of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in the early 1900's.

The successful completion of the 233-mile aqueduct helped ensure that the city would have the water infrastructure to grow into a major metropolitan area, even if the project came at the expense of the Owens Valley community from whom water was diverted.

Formanek's and Tindell's narrative is an excellent illustration of the western form of surface water rights allocation that contrasts with the historic riparian form found mostly east of 100° longitude and explains why westerners say “whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.”

The blog post is particularly apropos since the 2018 ACMA Board of Regents Meeting will be in the Los Angeles community of Marina del Rey in late April.

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