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Restore Hetch Hetchy Movement Not Effected By Expansion Plans

Yosemite National Park, CA — Members of Restore Hetch Hetchy say the November 30th approval of a $4.3 billion expansion and repair program for its Hetch Hetchy water systemby the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, does little for their cause.

Restore Hetch Hetchy says that the approval of that program in no way adversely effects the proposal to remove the Hetch Hetchy reservoir from San Francisco´s water delivery system. This would have to be done in order to restore the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, now buried under 300 feet of water behind the O´Shaughnessy Dam.

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is only one of nine reservoirs in San Francisco´s water system and accounts for slightly less than 25% of San Francisco´s water storage capacity.

Ron Good, Executive Director of Restore Hetch Hetchy, encourages the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to consider the proposals to modify its system so that Hetch Hetchy Valley may rejoin its twin sister, Yosemite Valley, as a part of the crown jewel of the national park system, Yosemite National Park.