First a commercial: I’ll be speaking at REI in Fremont on June 3 then at REI Berkeley on June 4. That’s Tues and Wed of this week. See you there.
And now – the news:
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir supplies water to the city of San Francisco. It’s a flooded valley over 400 feet deep. This action in the early 1900’s was unique in that the US Government granted these rights to a city.
The building of the dam was felt to contribute to John Muir’s death in 1914. He was anguished that this was done. Now a book looks at the whole story and the actual possibility of releasing the water into downriver reservoirs.
The City of San Francisco voted down a measure in 2013 to allow a study of this. Some estimates put removing the dam at $3 billion.
Kenneth Brower has released his book: “Hetch Hetchy: Undoing A Great American Mistake” (Heyday – 2013) He looks at the engineering task to accomplish this. Hetch Hetchy: Undoing a Great American Mistake is a tribute to the men and women whose lives were shaped by those waters, and the wild landscape that still exists beneath them.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You won’t get wet until you jump into the pool.” – A wise old man
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com