100 years ago, Los Angeles began diverting the river and streams that feed Owens Lake to a thirsty city.
Over the [past] century, the water source in the Eastern Sierras has all but dried up. Massive dust storms now buffet a floodplain the size of San Francisco, making it the largest single source of dust pollution in the United States.
According to the LAWDP, Los Angeles still sucks 36 percent its water from the creeks that would flow in to the Owens Valley.
Photographer David Maisel flew over Owens Lake in 2001 and 2002 to capture the bone-dry salt flats and blood-red lake expanses that occur when pink, salt-loving microorganisms and algae spread across the arid surface.
See more photos from the series at KPCC’s AudioVision.
when i think of “the future,” there is not anything that makes me feel more worried than water, in every regard. anxiety inducing or not, these are incredible photos.