Celebrating the plundering and pillaging of a National Park
And Feinstein also said that Hetch Hetchy Valley was "San Francisco's birthright". Arrogant, arrogant, arrogant.
A further advantage to getting rid of some of the concrete is that more water will find its way into the aquifer underlying much of western SF and northern San Mateo County. We have a water problem in this state folks, and storing water in the underground aquifers is one small part of dealing with that problem.
Having said we have a water problem in the state, here are a couple of more relevant facts: on average about 30% of all the water consumed in the state comes from groundwater (i.e. the underground aquifers); 2. to deal with the ongoing water shortage statewide many areas are increasing their efforts to recycle water. In fact, only 8 counties don't do any water recycling --- the 7 smallest counties and SF. That is shameful.
Why is it that SF is the only city or county of any significant size in California that does not currently recycle a single drop of water?
"As things currently stand, San Francisco imports the vast majority of its energy. Muni and city buildings receive their power directly from the Hetch Hetchy system, ..."
And what is the source of the power that comes from the so-called "Hetch Hetchy system"? It's water. And where does the water come from? Many people including the Examiner editorial writers probably think that rain an snow just fall into the reservoir and like magic we have a reservoir full of water that ca be used to both generate power and for consumptive use. And the reason that people think that is because it is clearly the policy of the SFPUC to NEVER use the words "Tuolumne River". SFPUC doesn't want to remind people that the true source of the water and power is a Wild & Scenic River (so designated by Congress in 1984) that flows through a National Park.
And the Examiner ad other media types let SFPUC get away with their little bit of word game playing. So, remember, the true source of SF's water and power is the Tuolumne River.
" its Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which supplies drinking water for Bay Area residents "
Hey Joshua --- be a little more precise and accurate. The Tuolumne River supplies drinking water for Bay Area residents. It's simply temporarily stored in a reservoir in Yosemite National Park.
"and no fire-fighting aircraft are drawing from the reservoir to douse flames -- by request of SFPUC officials in order to protect the water quality --"
Ah Yes, heavens forbid that SF would allow the helicopters to pull water out of the reservoir in their fire fighting baskets. Let the poor colonists up in poor Tuolumne "Colony" just burn up so that the privileged folks in good old SF can be assured of nothing short of the highest quality water at all times. The fact that it comes from a national park is just a side issue.
As Marie A. said, "Let them eat cake".
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