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  • Why is a 13 year-old girl holding a Restore Hetch Hetchy banner in the middle of the Grand Canyon?

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    The nationwide outcry over the 1913 Raker Act led directly to the passage of the National Park Service (Organic) Act three years later - an act intending to ensure national parks were managed for national, not local, benefit. The Organic Act discouraged but did not explicitly ban building dams in national parks, and attempts to build dams in Yellowstone in the 1930's were stopped.

  • Save the Date: Restore Hetch Hetchy 2018 Annual Dinner

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    Join us and very special guests Lee Stetson and Obi Kaufmann for our 2018 Annual Dinner. What could  be a greener way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

    Online tickets will be available soon. Call 510-893-3400 or email Julene@hetchhetchy.org if you want to reserve early.

  • Carl Boronkay - a "water buffalo" who loved Yosemite

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    "The ultimate removal of the reservoir would make possible the restoration of Valley a few miles from Yosemite Valley and, amazingly, a near twin of that extraordinary gift of nature." 

    Carl Boronkay  - former General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

  • The same vision but a new look

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    Imagine yourself in Hetch Hetchy on a sunny day in June, standing waist-deep in grass and flowers, while the great pines sway dreamily with scarcely perceptible motion."


     -  John Muir (The Yosemite, 1912)

  • Restore Hetch Hetchy editorial opinion in Modest Bee

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    We were also very pleased when the Modesto Bee published our editorial opinion, Come Hell or Low Water, on groundwater last week.

  • Fall 2017 Newsletter

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    Our Fall 2017 Newsletter is available. It has been delivered to mail boxes and is also posted online.

  • Cattywampus or rational?

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    Turlock and Modesto are a world apart from San Francisco when it comes to pricing Tuolumne River water supplies

  • Who doesn't pay their fair share? San Francisco

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    Who doesn't pay their fair share for using national parks?

    San Francisco, that's who!             

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    San Francisco pays only $30,000 per year to the federal government for its use of Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy - roughly the cost of a one bedroom apartment in the City. 

    In addition to its meager "rent", San Francisco also pays for the costs of security, watershed protection, trail maintenance etc. These operational costs would generally be necessary, however, even if the City owned the Tuolumne River watershed.

                

  • From B to Z, Secretaries of the Interior and Hetch Hetchy

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    Ballinger, Garfield, Lane, Ickes, Hodel, Norton and Zinke 

  • Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy in LIvermore on October 5, 2017

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    Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy: Why National Parks?

     Filmmaker David Vassar presentation at 

    Livermore's Bankhead Theater 

    7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 

 
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