Stolen Paradise

August 6, 2020
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Join KIXE PBS to watch and discuss "Stolen Paradise" a film by Jesse Dizard.

The stark landscape of the Eastern Sierras, Mono Lake, and Owens Dry Lake illustrate the consequences of efforts in the early 20th century to move water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles. Emphasis is on the results of 100 years of water transfers from this region averaging 5-7 inches of rain per annum, and the abiding sense of loss felt by the Paiute-Shoshone people whose ancestors first settled what is now the Owens Valley.

Over one hundred years later, California Indians and other residents from the Owens Valley speak about how the impacts of that diversion continue to reverberate throughout the region. Their voices deserve to finally be heard.

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Stolen Paradise

Explore how water from the Owens Valley was siphoned into Los Angeles, harming native people.

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80 minutes



  • Jesse Dizard

    An Emmy Award nominated Cultural Anthropologist interested in natural resource problems and the way individuals and bureaucracies respond to them, Jesse sought conversations with those intimately involved in their communities' local and regional public policy debates over water and its future

  • Nadine Bailey

    COO Family Water Alliance

  • Craig Tucker

    Natural Resources Consultant for the Karuk Tribe

  • Paul Gosselin

    Paul Gosselin joined Butte County in November, 2007, as its third Director of Water and Resource Conservation. The Department manages the County's State Water Project Table A allocation, investigates and reports on groundwater conditions, administers Chapter 33, implements the Groundwater Management Plan, fosters regional partnerships and other water resource activities. Prior to joining Butte County, Paul was Chief Deputy Director for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. From 1989 to 1993 he was the Director of Regulatory Services for the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture. Paul received a Bachelors degree in biochemistry and a Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts

  • George Barber

    George Barber is the District Manager for California Water Service Co.’s Chico and Oroville Districts. He previously was the General Manager at Paradise Irrigation District from 2004 to 2017, after serving as Water Division Manager with the South Feather Water & Power Agency in Oroville for nine years. George has been a Butte County resident since 1970. He and his wife Dora have been married for 35 years. George has two grown daughters, Jessica and Jennifer, and is a proud Grandad to 1 year old Lincoln. George is a Registered Civil Engineer and a graduate of California State University, Chico. He holds a T4 and a D4 operators licenses from the state of California. He has experience working through the day to day regulatory issues surrounding surface water, ground water, and drinking water. George sat as an Association of California Water Agencies, Region 2 board member, served on the Butte County Water Commission from 2005 to 2017 and has served as a board member for the Sustainability Management Association since 2014.

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