City to sign $30M contract with National Park Service

The Public Utilities Commission has proposed paying the National Park Service $30 million under an agreement to manage the watershed within Yosemite National Park until June 30, 2015. The deal requires approval by the Board of Supervisors.

Eighty percent of the drinking water PUC provides comes from the Hetch Hetchy watershed. The water is not filtered because of “the exceptionally high water quality of the Hetch Hetchy watershed and the ongoing watershed management efforts provided by the PUC and the National Park Service,” PUC budget manager Carolos Jacobo said in a report by Budget Analyst Harvey Rose.

What the PUC gets out of the agreement is such things as staffing of entrance stations controlling access to Hetch Hetchy watershed areas, patrolling of the area, trail and restroom maintenance, and permits for overnight campers. Also included is dam security.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee meets Wednesday 11 a.m. at City Hall in room 250 to vote on the contract.

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