Hetch Hetchy Valley

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Hetch Hetchy Valley,

in Yosemite National ParkYosemite National Park
, 748,436 acres (302,881 hectares), E central Calif.; est. 1890 as a result of the efforts of conservationist John Muir. Located in the Sierra Nevada, it is a glacier-scoured area of great beauty; Mt. Lyell (13,114 ft/3,997 m) is the highest peak.
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, central Calif., on the Tuolumne River. It once rivaled Yosemite Valley in beauty and grandeur. O'Shaughnessy Dam (completed 1923; enl. 1938) turned the valley into a lake c.9 mi (14 km) long, which is used for generating power and for supplying water to San Francisco by an aqueduct 156 mi (251 km) long.
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Glynn said, "We also wanted to start on a small scale because we were working so close to the Hetch Hetchy water mains.
6-billion capital-improvement program to repair, replace, and seismically upgrade the Hetch Hetchy water system from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park to San Francisco's distribution tanks, reservoirs and pump stations.
A dam had been authorized nealy a decade earlier in Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley, and national park defenders were determined not to allow another such intrusion in the National Park System.
39] Florence Collins Porter, a politically active member of the Friday Morning Club and a past president of the Los Angeles District Federation, visited the San Pedro club to lecture on current events, and over the course of the next several months it allied with other area clubs to protest the development of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park.
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San Francisco for the construction of Hetch Hetchy reservoir in 1913);
On his mantel Muir displayed portraits of his mentors Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, (34) and like them he recognized the landscape, in his case the California wilderness, as a manifestation of divinity Muir said of California's Hetch Hetchy Valley that "no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man," (35) and he ruminated about renaming the Sierra the "Range of Light.
Recreation: Hetch Hetchy offers 25 camping sites accessible only by backcountry trekkers (a wilderness permit is required).
The Hetch Hetchy water system that provides water to a third of the Bay Area was built in 1923 for 506 thousand residents, but now serves 2.
Currently, the SFPUC is progressing in a multi-billion dollar capital improvement program (CIP) to renovate and repair the aging Hetch Hetchy infrastructure and a portion of these costs are recovered from the 29 Bay area agencies that purchase water from the SFPUC, including the city.
Professional and amateur photographers alike are drawn to Yosemite Valley and its high cliffs and waterfalls; Wawona's historic hotel; the Mariposa Grove, which contains hundreds of ancient giant sequoias; Glacier Point's spectacular view of Yosemite Valley and the high country; Tuolumne Meadows, a large subalpine meadow surrounded by mountain peaks; and Hetch Hetchy, a reservoir in a valley considered a twin of Yosemite Valley.