The Call to Restore Hetch Hetchy

Two California legislators are calling for a state study to examine whether a submerged valley in Yosemite National Park could be restored without hurting water and power supplies.

In a Sept. 9 letter, Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla, D-Pittsburg, and Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, D-Davis, urged Gov. Schwarzenegger to endorse a restoration study for the Hetch Hetchy Valley, which was inundated and turned into a reservoir for San Francisco in 1923.

“We feel this idea is worthy of review by the state of California,” wrote Wolk and Canciamilla, who is chairman of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.

“California and the nation could recover one of its natural jewels, now a forgotten and seldom-visited corner of Yosemite National Park.” [Modesto Bee]