PROPOSITION F | Libertarian Party of San Francisco


WATER AND ENVIRONMENT PLAN:  This voter initiative was placed on the ballot by the “Restore Hetch Hetchy” group.  It calls for development of a long-term plan for creating a “more sustainable water system,” which would include development of local, as opposed to Hetch Hetchy, water sources.  It also calls for a plan of water recycling, reclamation, conservation, improved storm water capture, replacing hydropower with wind and solar energy, increasing salmon population on the Tuolumne River.  This plan must provide for sufficient water resources to “allow for the Hetch Hetchy Valley to be returned to the National Park Service and restored as part of Yosemite National Park.”  NO


Water conservation is a worthwhile endeavor.  However, there is no compelling reason for tearing down the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.

Who benefits from Proposition F:

Environmental advocates.

What would we suggest instead:

Leave well enough alone.  The main objective of this proposal which is never spelled out is to tear down the dam that catches and stores most of the water that San Francisco uses, thereby returning the Yosemite Valley to its original state – eventually.  We see no point to this endeavor.   Water conservation, recycling, and reclamation are beneficial plans, that could be implemented without tearing down the dam.