My wife and I spent a pleasant morning at the Noe Valley farmers' market in SF with RHH volunteer coordinator Jonathan Silverman. We chatted with supporters, skeptics and folks who did not understand that it would not be especially difficult (from a technical perspective) to continue to provide reliable high-quality Tuolumne River water to the Bay Area if Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park is restored.
It was especially nice to talk to open-minded San Franciscans after reading the rather petulant (and inaccurate) piece in yesterday's San Francisco Examiner. Mr. Garcia quotes only the highest of cost estimates and characterizes environmentalist as opposed to all dams. We are not. Many dams serve essential purposes in semi-arid places like California. The small amount of water and hydropower provided by the dam can be replaced (read the reports), but there is no restoration opportunity like this anywhere.
Oh yeah, and we need volunteers. Contact us. Restore Hetch Hetchy is on the web