In 1923, the US Congress gave the city of San Francisco full access to the water in the Tuolumne River. The O’Shaughnessy Dam was built and since then the water has flowed 200 miles to reservoirs in the SF Bay area. Damn shame that that valley got inundated. Change coming? The Yosemite Restoration Campaign has filed papers with the San Francisco Department of Elections for a November ballot measure calling for the development of a “long-term plan for improved use of the local water supply.” The ballot measure calls for a “reduction of harm to Yosemite National Park, the Tuolumne River and the San Francisco Bay.” Yes!!!
A group called “Restore Hetch Hetchy,” is behind the effort to return the reservoir to its natural state. If successful, San Francisco voters could decide its fate in 2016. Democratic Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have previously come out in opposition to the idea, but Republican Congressman Dan Lungren likes the idea. We shall see.
You can talk to a ranger about the world of Half Dome permits, wilderness conditions, and trip planning by calling 209-372-0745. No bribes, please. This line is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 to noon, and 1 – 3 pm. Very often you get a busy signal so keep at it.
Daylight Savings Time kicks in at 2 am Sunday morning. Get up then and move your clocks forward one hour.
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Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein
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