Hetch Hetchy

4:55pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Politics

Prop F went down the drain, but water issues remain

The only local ballot measure San Franciscans rejected on Election Day was Measure F. It would have prompted an $8 million study into taking down the O’Shaugnessy Dam and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, which currently supplies water for San Francisco and dozens of other Bay Area counties.

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3:37pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Politics

East Bay Express Opinion: San Francisco against the world

The most controversial local ballot measure facing San Franciscans this November — whether to develop a plan to reform the Hetch Hetchy water system and restore Hetch Hetchy Valley — reflects a question that cities everywhere are grappling with. As geologist Andrew Alden asked in a recent essay about the measure, "Do we want to arrange our society as if nature really matters?"

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9:22am

Thu October 18, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

An argument for draining the Hetch Hetchy

Executive Director Mike Marshall discussing the plan to Restore Hetch Hetchy with North Beach Festival-goers

Eighty-five percent of San Francisco's water comes from the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. San Francisco Proposition F calls for the city to begin evaluating the option of draining the reservoir. Before the Hetch Hetchy Valley was flooded, or the O’Shaughnessy Dam was built, environmentalists led by John Muir put up a big fight to keep it protected.

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