A Vision for Restoring Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley – December 19, 2013
It’s time to undo a great American mistake
Editor’s Note: A hundred years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Raker Act, allowing for the construction of a hydroelectric dam and reservoir in the United States’ oldest national park, Yosemite. The fight over the impoundment of the Tuolumne River and the flooding of the Hetch Hetchy Valley was a crucible for the American environmental movement. Many of today’s environmental debates – how, for example, do we balance human needs against the desire to preserve the world we inherited? – echo of the battle over Hetch Hetchy.
by: Kenneth Brower
A Century Later, the Battle for Hetch Hetchy Continues – September 30, 2013
The fight over a dam in Yosemite National Park marked the birth of the environmental movement
Editor’s Note: A hundred years ago, in 1913, the US Congress passed the Raker Act, which allowed for the construction of a massive dam in Yosemite National Park to feed the water and power needs of the City of San Francisco. As Ken Brower writes in his new book, Hetch Hetchy: Undoing a Great American Mistake (Heyday Press), “The environmental movement as we know it was forged in the fight against Hetch Hetchy Dam. No previous debate over the American landscape had so engaged and enraged the American public.”
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