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Where's Our State of Emergency?

The Governor has declared a state of emergency for San Francisco because it relies on water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Aug 29, 2013

The Governor has declared a state of emergency for San Francisco because it relies on water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and the reservoir is about 4 miles from the Rim Fire in Yosemite National Park. Soot and ash from the fire could contaminate the water leading to the state of emergency. Temporary interruption of electricity and water delivery to San Francisco is possible, Brown said in a statementyesterday. Temporary interruption of water delivery is possible? Sound familiar?

Here in the San Joaquin Valley we have permanent interruption of water delivery for years and years, yet not a peep from the governor. The great environmental population of San Francisco gets its water from Hetch Hetchy, what John Muir called the most beautiful part of Yosemite: "Hetch-Hetchy is the most wonderful and most important feature of the great park, that damming it would destroy it, render it inaccessible, and block the way through the wonderful Tuolumne Cañon to the grand central campground in the upper Tuolumne Valley, thousands from near and far came to our help, -- mountaineers, nature-lovers, naturalists."


San Francisco created an environmental disaster when it dammed Hetch Hetchy. Yet, we can't pump water to the Central Valley because the enviros say they are protecting the Delta and the smelt. But, what about our ecological disaster with the collapsing underground aquifer? Our collapsing economy? Our double-digit unemployment? What are we? Chopped liver? Is the governor not our governor as well? Where's our state of emergency?

 

Yosemite fire prompts state of emergency in San Francisco


The 200-square-mile Rim Fire that’s edged into Yosemite National Park prompted California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for San Francisco, which relies on water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir inside the park.


It’s 150 miles from San Francisco to Yosemite, but the 200-square-mile wildfire that’s edged into the national park has prompted California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency for the city hours away.


That’s because more than 2.6 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area receive water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite. San Francisco gets 85 percent of its water from the Hetch Hetchy, which is about four miles from the fire,


"This declaration will help San Francisco increase coordination and manage resources being deployed to support our local, federal and state partners who are fighting this fire," San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a press release.

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