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Great American Eclipse: Everything you need to know

Dianne Feinstein

The scheme to pump desert water to L.A. could destroy the Mojave. California's Legislature needs to block it

The scheme to pump desert water to L.A. could destroy the Mojave. California's Legislature needs to block it

Unlike some deserts, California’s Mojave Desert is full of life. There are tortoises and bighorn sheep, breathtaking wildflower blooms and Joshua trees. Many of the state’s plant and animal species can be found only there.

It’s a unique and beautiful ecosystem, but also a fragile one. Life in the Mojave is sustained by underground aquifers and springs, many of them formed over thousands of years. These aquifers support surrounding communities, including Native American tribes, and some 2,100 jobs in tourism, mining, ranching and other industries. A world-renowned travel destination, the Mojave generated more than $155 million in the tourism sector last year alone.

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