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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | July 10, 2012

S.F. Voters May Vote To Allow Restoration of Hetch Hetchy

The Yosemite Restoration Campaign submitted a petition with enough votes to get the The Water Sustainability & Environmental Restoration Planning Act of 2012.  If enough of the signatures are approved  the initiative will be on the San Francisco ballot. Here is a list of the key components and protections from their website:

  • Key Components & Protections Required of Plan:
  • Maintain the Tuolumne River as the principal source of water for San Francisco and its Bay Area customers.
    Identify the potential and determine the cost of developing local water supplies such as groundwater and recycling.
    Increase supply reliability by identifying additional storage and supply, both within the Bay Area and beyond.
    Improve water quality by filtering all supplies.
    Offset any loss of hydropower with investments in renewable energy such as wind and solar.
    Decrease polluting wastewater runoff into San Francisco Bay.
    Improve the health of the lower Tuolumne River.
    Return control of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to the National Park Service.

The initiative DOES NOT:

  • The initiative DOES NOT mandate any particular action – it merely creates a plan for subsequent consideration by voters.
  • The initiative DOES NOT affect San Francisco’s water rights on the Tuolumne River.
  • The initiative DOES NOT threaten the reliability of water supplies.
  • The initiative DOES NOT diminish the quality of drinking water.
  • The initiative DOES NOT contribute to global warming.

Read the full text of the ballot initiative.

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