SACRAMENTO — In a direct poke at San Francisco, the Senate on Tuesday passed legislation authorizing a $100,000 study into the possibility of tearing down O'Shaughnessy Dam that forms Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.
The idea has been broached by U.S. Interior Secretary Donald Hodel. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on the Tuolumne River is San Francisco's main source of water.
Sens. Quentin L. Kopp and Milton Marks, both of San Francisco, fought the idea of a state study as an unnecessary expenditure. Kopp, the Legislature's only political Independent, deplored the legislation as "wacko."
Kopp and Marks argued that the study, in effect, would constitute a barely disguised first step toward diverting water from San Francisco for ultimate delivery to California Water Project customers in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley.