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Federal government should split bill with L.A. for river restoration
Federal government should split bill with L.A. for river restoration

Fred Eaton certainly knew his business when he went poking around the Owens Valley in the early part of the last century, quietly purchasing farms and ranches for the water rights that went with them. Had the self-taught engineer and former Los Angeles mayor made it clear to the landowners that he was planning an aqueduct to a distant city, they might have refused to sell — or at least would have jacked up their prices to reflect the value to L.A. of their water. By contrast, as the city's attention now returns to local water supplies and natural resources — and to the restoration of the L.A. River — landowners are not making the same mistake. Those with property on...

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