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Owens Valley Revisited: A Reassessment of the West's First Great Water Transfer (review)

Owens Valley Revisited: A Reassessment of the West's First Great Water Transfer (review) BOOK REVIEW Owens Valley Revisited: A Reassessment of the West's First Great Water Transfer by Gary D. Libecap Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2007, $65 cloth, $24.95 paper, 224 pp. After all this time focusing on Jonah, it's nice to finally get the whale's perspective. Gary Libecap has produced a new economic analysis of the century-long, acrimonious relations between Los Angeles's Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and Owens Valley, a region of California that supplies water to Los Angeles. Libecap has plumbed the LADWP archives and other sources to throw new light on LADWP's experience buying out and managing over one quarter million acres of land to secure its long-term water supply. Libecap hopes to take the Owens Valley story in a new direction telling us, as the movies say, what happened was just business. His book, Owens Valley Revisited: A Reassessment of the West's First Great Water Transfer, belongs on the shelf of any water resources economist, as well as on the shelves of historians seeking multiple perspectives on the economic evolution of the American West. In a thin, 224-page, but well-documented volume, interesting stories emerge. Farmers in the Valley pursued a two-track approach to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Land Economics University of Wisconsin Press

Owens Valley Revisited: A Reassessment of the West's First Great Water Transfer (review)

Land Economics , Volume 4 (2) – Apr 4, 2008

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BOOK REVIEW Owens Valley Revisited: A Reassessment of the West's First Great Water Transfer by Gary D. Libecap Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2007, $65 cloth, $24.95 paper, 224 pp. After all this time focusing on Jonah, it's nice to finally get the whale's perspective. Gary Libecap has produced a new economic analysis of the century-long, acrimonious relations between Los Angeles's Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and Owens Valley, a region of California that supplies water to Los Angeles. Libecap has plumbed the LADWP archives and other sources to throw new light on LADWP's experience buying out and managing over one quarter million acres of land to secure its long-term water supply. Libecap hopes to take the Owens Valley story in a new direction telling us, as the movies say, what happened was just business. His book, Owens Valley Revisited: A Reassessment of the West's First Great Water Transfer, belongs on the shelf of any water resources economist, as well as on the shelves of historians seeking multiple perspectives on the economic evolution of the American West. In a thin, 224-page, but well-documented volume, interesting stories emerge. Farmers in the Valley pursued a two-track approach to

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Land EconomicsUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Apr 4, 2008

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