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Push Continues To Drain Hetch Hetchy

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An Environmental Defense report is the latest attempt to sway public opinion in favor of draining Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park and restoring the area to a more natural state.

The report concludes that the Bay Area could receive a majority of its drinking water and hydropower without the Hetch Hetchy reservoir.

The report comes as the Bay Area embarks on a $3.6 billion expansion and retrofit of the aging Hetch Hetchy water system. Seismologists warn that millions could be left without drinking water if a major earthquake strikes.

Located within the Yosemite National Park boundries, the Hetch Hetchy reservoir provides drinking water to nearly 2.5 million residents in San Francisco and its fast-growing suburbs in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties.