Nov 21, 2015 3:28 PM by News Staff
BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) - The nation's largest distributor of treated drinking water became the largest landowner in a remote California farming region for good reason: The alfalfa-growing area is first in line to get Colorado River water.
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's play in the Palo Verde Valley, along the Arizona line, tapped a deep distrust between farm and city that pervades the West over a river that's a lifeline for seven states and northern Mexico.
Farmers recall how Los Angeles' modern founders built an aqueduct a century ago to bring water from rural Owens Valley.
The Los Angeles agency denies its $256 million purchase is part of an orchestrated plan and has sought to reassure farmers in Blythe, a farming town of about 13,000 people.
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