The lower Owens River is alive again thanks to a court order that forced the release of water into the channel, which had lain dry since 1924. Los Angeles still depends on Owens River water for 1/3 of its water. It is encouraging to see water in both the Lower Owens and in the L.A. Aqueduct. This situation speaks well for our collective ability to meet the needs of both human populations in urban centers and environmental needs away from civilization. They need not be mutually exclusive.