According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) recently told ranchers they could no longer expect free water for irrigation uses. The planned water cutbacks, which were first announced in 2018, would affect some 6,400 acres of land near Crowley Lake. The end to water giveaways has also angered local officials and environmentalists who have expressed concerns regarding increased risk of wildfire. In a joint lawsuit filed by Mono County and the Sierra Club, plaintiffs claim that the LADWP failed to properly consider the environmental consequences of their decision.
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