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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The flooding of the Hetch Hetchy Valley, a national treasure nearly as remarkable as Yosemite Valley, is documented in this survey of the political, engineering and natural history challenges the project brought.
The fight to save Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park and prevent the building of the O'Shaughnessy Dam was led by John Muir and the Sierra Club.
ABOUT THE YOSEMITE RESTORATION CAMPAIGN: The mission of the Yosemite Restoration Campaign is to reform San Francisco's 19th century water system to allow for the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley and the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park.
He worked with the city fathers of San Francisco to take Yosemite's identical twin, Hetch Hetchy Valley, and dam it to create an emergency supply of water should an earthquake of such magnitude ever hit the city again.
California's Hetch Hetchy Valley was at one time as sublime as nearby Yosemite Valley.
these is the O'Shaughnessy Dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley of
Struggle was signified through the illness and loss of family and friends, but much more by the protracted battle for the Hetch Hetchy Valley.
But the effort had started several years earlier, when Horace McFarland, president of the American Civic Association, sparked a movement to establish a parks agency after he and naturalist John Muir had failed to save the Hetch Hetchy Valley, part of Yosemite that was dammed in 1913.
Here in Sacramento, my colleagues on the editorial pages have vigorously advocated lower bus fares for schoolkids, for better zoning decisions, for restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley, for better schools, for honest government.
He failed to secure the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Valley inside Yosemite National Park, which was eventually flooded to provide water and hydroelectric power for San Francisco.
On the one hand, the governor, building off a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial series in the Sacramento Bee and an Environmental Defense Fund report, Paradise Regained, unexpectedly commissioned a state study in 2005 to investigate the feasibility of removing the long-controversial O'Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley.
John Muir and Gifford Pinchot battled over a plan to dam the magnificent Hetch Hetchy Valley in California to provide water for San Francisco--essential for its economic growth.