“Water from the Wilderness: Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco Bay” aired on KQED last week. On the whole, it is very well done. There are, however, a number of mistruths, omissions and misleading statements that may stick in the craw of any restoration advocate, including yours truly.
The documentary will show again on KQED (a Bay Area public TV station) several times this month. If it plays anywhere else, we will let you know. It is worth watching.
· KQED 9: Sat, Dec 1, 2018 -- 6:00pm
· KQED 9: Sun, Dec 2, 2018 -- 12:00am
· KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 4, 2018 -- 7:00pm
· KQED Plus: Wed, Dec 5, 2018 -- 1:00am
· KQED Plus: Sat, Dec 15, 2018 -- 10:00am
· KQED 9: Sat, Dec 29, 2018 -- 6:00pm
The film is appropriately subtitled “A LOOK AT SAN FRANCISCO’S COMPELLING AND CONTROVERSIAL WATER HISTORY”. Filmmakers Jim Yager and Peter Stein do an excellent and fair job of describing both the importance of supplying water to San Francisco and the unprecedented destruction that doing so caused in Yosemite National Park. And while the film acknowledges our campaign to restore the valley, it implicitly overstates the system improvements that would be necessary to make restoration possible.