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New dust-busting method ends L.A.'s longtime feud with Owens Valley
New dust-busting method ends L.A.'s longtime feud with Owens Valley

Los Angeles ended a bitter dispute with Owens Valley on Friday with the announcement of a truce in a decades-long dispute over water and dust. Under an agreement between the city and Owens Valley air quality regulators, Los Angeles will use a new, organic method of suppressing airborne dust from the dry bed of Owens Lake, which L.A. drained to slake its thirst in the last century. The new method will eventually save the Department of Water and Power enough water to supply 150,000 Los Angeles residents each year. For nearly two decades, DWP has flooded most of the 110-square-mile lake bed to prevent choking dust storms in the valley that left residents suffering from asthma and other...

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