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San Francisco officials are troubled that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with a group that wants to restore an area of Yosemite National Park back to a more natural state by deconstructing a dam, The Guardian reported.
The Hetch Hetchy reservoir, located in Yosemite, is responsible for 90 percent of San Francisco’s water supply to roughly 2.7 million people. The O’Shaughnessy Dam, completed in 1923 to build the reservoir, is the only dam located inside a U.S. national park.
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Restore Hetch Hetchy is a nonprofit conservation group working “to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its natural splendor.” The group quotes environmentalist and author John Muir, who protested the dam after it was proposed, as describing the Hetch Hetchy Valley as “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples.” The valley is now under water from the Tuolumne River.
Zinke met with group on July 22 to get “a fresh look at different opportunities and options to restore public access and recreation to the valley.”
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