With LA’s water policy change, ranchers in Eastern Sierra say their way of life is threatened

Citing climate change, LA water officials are turning off the tap for ranchers hundreds of miles from here. The LA Department of Water and Power owns land east of Yosemite, near Crowley Lake. It leases that land to ranchers, and for decades, thanks to irrigation, that land has been lush. Now the LADWP says it can’t spare the water. The ranchers are furious.