Finally, 75 years after John Muir, we are hearing cries of "De-Dam the Hetch Hetchy!" Absurd? Unrealistic? Not at all. It is a bold, ambitious, responsible and timely idea.
The restored valley with its uniquely beautiful cliffs and waterfalls will be an awe-inspiring monument to everyone involved in facilitating its reprieve from permanent condemnation. We all will share in the rich reward.
San Francisco has enjoyed the water and power benefits for over 60 years. It is time to give the valley back to Yosemite National Park, back to all of us. The city's investment in the 1910s and 1920s has long since been repaid many, many times over. There are no valid reasons that this supposedly environmentally concerned community should continue to indefinitely exploit a priceless and unique natural resource.
There exist other resources of water and power. There is nothing, however, to replace the natural grandeur of this Tuolumne River Valley which rivals Yosemite Valley, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone's geysers, Niagara Falls and the other natural wonders of our world. How absurd to destroy even one of these national treasures! We did so in a relatively unenlightened era. Now we have the opportunity to begin to correct a serious misdeed.