LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles' municipal water utility has agreed to do more to control dust on an Owens Valley lake that was siphoned dry a century ago to provide water for the booming metropolis.
City News Service says under the settlement agreement reached with Inyo County air quality regulators, the LA Department of Water and Power will also pay $10 million and preserve historic Native American artifacts.
It's the latest chapter in a decades-old spat over water rights in the arid region 200 miles north of LA. A lawsuit was filed last year in U.S. District Court in Fresno.
The conflict began in 1913, when LA began diverting water from Owens Lake, which went dry in 1926. The lakebed has since been plagued with massive dust storms and poor air quality despite efforts by the city to keep dust down.