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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2003 |
Proving that civic pride can trickle down even to the water we drink, San Francisco is set to turn the tap on a plan to bottle its most liquid asset. On Friday, word leaked that the city's public utility commission plans to sell bottled water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, the municipality's principal source of drinking water for nearly 70 years.
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 . . .