OLANCHA, Calif. (AP) - Water crews are removing a temporary dam they built in the Los Angeles Aqueduct this summer because of the drought.

OLANCHA, Calif. (AP) Water crews are removing a temporary dam they built in the Los Angeles Aqueduct this summer because of the drought.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Water and Power said workers began restoring flows Tuesday that will eventually make it to Los Angeles from the Owens Valley more than 200 miles north.

The department plugged the aqueduct for the first time in more than a century this year to keep water in the bone-dry valley to irrigate pastures, protect habitat and control dust.

The decision marked a compromise that provided water to some cattle ranches and left others dry. Ranchers trimmed their herds and some moved cattle out of state to greener pastures.

The aqueduct typically supplies about a third of Los Angeles' water, but will only supply about 3 percent this year.