New Book out on Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy

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.

New book on Hetch Hetchy

New book on Hetch Hetchy

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 –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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