Mayor Villaraigosa will help change the course of LA history when he opens a special gate that puts water back into the Owens River for the first time since 1913. Also, will no-fishing zones in the oceans off California help keep marine species alive? We hear about state and federal proposals.
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The Owens River Valley runs down the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, but there's been no water in it since Los Angeles took it away in 1913. Tomorrow, Mayor Villaraigosa will push a button that allows some water to flow into what's now 62 miles of dry riverbed.
Mike Prather, Outreach Coordinator for the Owens Valley Committee
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