April 5, 2005 |
'Dam Hetch Hetchy? As well dam ... the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man!' -- John Muir * On DEC. 19, 1913, THE HETCH HETCHY VALLEY disappeared. With the stroke of a pen, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Congressional bill that authorized the construction of the O'Shaughnessy Dam. Ten years later, the Hetch Hetchy -- 7 miles long and up to 1 mile wide, Yosemite's northern twin -- started to flood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2004 |
Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants the Bush administration to explain its proposal to dramatically increase the rent the city pays for the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park. Feinstein, a Democrat, has sent a letter to Interior Secretary Gale Norton requesting an explanation for a proposed rent hike from the current $30,000 annually to $8 million a year proposed in President Bush's 2005 budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2004 |
Buried deep in President Bush's 2005 budget is a line item that has thrown this city into a panic. It proposes an increase in the rent San Francisco pays for its Hetch Hetchy reservoir in Yosemite National Park -- from $30,000 a year to $8 million. The increase would require amendment of the Raker Act of 1913, which allowed the city to build the dam and reservoir.
July 9, 2000 |
I was 35,000 feet in the air, flying back from a business trip in Denver, when the 767 crossed the eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada. I looked out my window hoping to see Yosemite Valley, where my wife, Kathleen, and I had recently celebrated our wedding anniversary at the Ahwahnee Hotel. The valley was below the airplane, visible only to the cockpit crew. But looking north, I saw a lake and a V-shaped dam bathed in twilight.
August 7, 1988
Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel's proposal to tear down O'Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite National Park, removing the main source of water for 2 million San Francisco Bay Area residents, is virtually dead, state water officials were told recently.
June 23, 1988 |
In a double defeat for environmentalists, the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a plan to sell Southern California offshore oil leases in 1989 instead of 1990 and voted to delete funds for a study exploring the destruction of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, effectively killing a proposal for restoring the area. The committee action, taken after little discussion of the two measures, followed a recommendation by the panel's interior subcommittee Monday.
June 7, 1988 |
Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel's proposal to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley should be scrapped because the cost of replacing water and power to San Francisco customers would cost more than $825 million, an Assembly Office of Research report said Monday.
February 4, 1988 |
Interior Secretary Donald P. Hodel, whose ambitious proposal to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir has won praise from environmentalists, nonetheless took aim Wednesday at one of their pet causes: preservation of endangered species. Referring to the endangered species law, which protects hundreds of animals and plants and is administered by the Interior Department, Hodel said: "Sooner or later this society must come to grips with the problem of . . . an absolute mandate . . .