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Water war brewing in the Eastern Sierras

Updated: May 31, 2006, 7:30 PM ET
By Bill Becher | Special to ESPNoutdoors.com — Jan. 7, 2005

MAMMOTH LAKES — "In California, whiskey's for drinking and water's for fighting over," said Mark Twain.

In the Eastern Sierra, they're ready to rumble.

The fight is over whether water from Mammoth Creek should be irrigating golf courses and flushing toilets in new $1 million condominiums in the ski town or be left in streams to sustain wild trout.

Jim Edmondson of CalTrout, an anglers' conservation group that works to protect and restore the state's wild trout and steelhead, ...

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