Ridgecrest, California – Cerro Coso Community College is offering a Community Education course in the 100-Year History of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in Bishop. The six week course featuring knowledgeable guest speakers begins March 7 and ends April 18, 2013 and includes two optional field trips on April 13 and April 20, 2013. The class will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 at the College Bishop campus with instructor Nancy Hadlock.
The first class session will explore the Pre-Aqueduct Owens Valley and a guest hydrologist will talk about the streams, rivers, creeks, lakes, and marshes of the area. Discussion will include the Native Americans holding the first water rights, the first ditches, and diverting water for crops.
The second class will focus on the New Settlers in the Valley and answer the question of how they used the water and where it came from. Participants will explore the appropriation of ditches by different groups of water users: settlers, pioneers, and merchants.
How the Aqueduct Began will be the topic of the third class session and the following class will explore the Construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, an engineering marvel of its time, and how the aqueduct operates.
The last two classes will cover The Owens Valley and the LA Water & Power—coming full circle and the Positive and Negative Impacts of the L.A. Aqueduct.
This course is open to the public and does not award college credit. There is a $35 fee.
Complete registration and course information is available on the web at http://www.cerrocoso.edu/communityed or contact Joann Clark, Community Education Manager at (760) 384-6208 or at Joann.Clark@cerrocoso.edu.
For further information, please contact Natalie Dorrell, Public Information (760) 384-6260