The water woes of the Mono Basin of the Eastern Sierra region of California did not begin when Los Angeles' Department of Water and Power began to purchase water rights there in the early twentieth century. Robert Marks argues persuasively that James B. Clover's water schemes predated, and in a sense, opened the way for Los Angeles later to tap Sierran snowmelt and funnel it down to Southern California.
Marks, Robert B.
"Mr. Clover Goes to Washington: Land, Water, and Fraud in the Mono Basin, 1910-1945,"
Eastern Sierra History Journal:
Vol. 3, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/eshj/vol3/iss1/1