Restore The Hetch-Hetchy Valley

Target: California Governor Jerry Brown

Goal: Drain reservoir and restore Hetch-Hetchy Valley

The Hetch-Hetchy Valley was once described by John Muir as, “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples.” Situated within the national park boundaries of Yosemite, this glacial valley was once host to vast flowered meadows and the pristine Tuolumne River.

Unfortunately, a historic 1913 decision allowed the city of San Francisco to build the O’Shaugnessy Dam. This dam buried the valley under 300 feet of water. The only good to stem from the environmentally disastrous decision was that it did serve to trigger a strong environmental conservation movement.

As a continuation of that legacy of conservation, which the destruction of the Hetch-Hetchy Valley prompted, it is the perfect time to restore the region to its original splendor. Modern engineering advances now afford the opportunity to both remove the reservoir and restore the valley itself. This would not only serve as a resounding statement towards California’s commitment to ecological preservation, but also afford scientists and engineers a unique opportunity. The Hetch-Hetchy Valley’s restoration and recreation would serve as a living laboratory to aid in furthering knowledge into re-establishing lost habitats.

As one of the most well known reservoirs supplying San Francisco with water, there is a concern that it would be harmful to the city and its water supply to remove the Hetch-Hetchy as a water source. This however is not the case. While perhaps the most well known, it is also only one of nine reservoirs feeding into the San Francisco. The original source of the water now flooding the Hetch-Hetchy Valley, the Tuolumne River, would also still be accessible to help meet the city’s water demands.

This project would be a tremendous asset to the ecological heritage of California, and pose very little impact upon San Francisco’s water supply. Sign this petition and demand that the Hetch-Hetchy Valley be restored to its former glory.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Brown,

Once described by John Muir as, “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples,” the Hetch-Hetchy Valley deserves to be restored. This former glacial valley was once host to flowered meadows and the pristine Tuolumne River, making it considered essentially a sister valley to the adjacent Yosemite Valley. That was the case until a 1913 decision allowed San Francisco to build the O’Shaugnessy Dam. This dam buried the wilderness valley under 300 feet of water. The one bit of good to stem from this environmentally disastrous decision was that it served to trigger a strong environmental conservation movement which has become a hallmark of California.

The continuation of that heritage of conservation, which the destruction of the Hetch-Hetchy Valley prompted, makes this the perfect time to restore the region to its original splendor. Advances in modern engineering now afford the opportunity to both remove the reservoir and restore the valley itself. This would not only become a resounding statement towards California’s commitment to ecological preservation, but also afford scientists and engineers a unique opportunity. The Hetch-Hetchy Valley’s restoration and recreation would serve as a living laboratory to aid in furthering knowledge into re-establishing lost habitats.

The concern presented by San Francisco as the Hetch-Hetchy contains one of the most well known reservoirs supplying San Francisco with water are unfounded. While perhaps the most well known, it is also only one of nine reservoirs feeding into San Francisco. The original source of the water now flooding the Hetch-Hetchy Valley, the Tuolumne River, would also still be accessible to help meet the city’s water demands.

This project would be a tremendous asset to the ecological heritage of California, and have little impact upon San Francisco’s water supply. Because of this, the Hetch-Hetchy Valley must be restored to its former glory. I urge you, restore the Hetch-Hetchy Valley.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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  1. One thing that is left out of this story – over and over – is the doublespeak that has been used by the Restore Hetch Hetchy folks in their campaign.

    The over 16k votes that were gathered did not mention Hetch Hetchy on their petition, and the name of the proposition is “Water Sustainability and Environmental Restoration”. RHH went to court to try to remove the language “drain Hetch Hetchy” from the ballot, but since that is the truth of their goal, they did not win.

    I think it would be very interesting to read a story that investigates whether or not the 16k folks who signed the petition were aware that they were requesting a proposition to study the loss of the Hetch Hetchy water and hydroelectric supply. Most of those I talked with had no idea that was the purpose behind the petition.

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    Robin
    Camp Mather Matters

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