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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley Dam Lawsuit Gets Tossed

Above, Yosemite Valley at dawn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The only dam built in a U.S. national park will not be torn down.

Digital Journal.com reported:
Sonora - A California state court has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to compel officials to tear down a nearly 100-year-old dam in Yosemite National Park that supplies power and water to millions in San Francisco and the Central Valley. 
Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Kevin Seibert decided that the 1913 Raker Act, which authorized construction of the O'Shaughnessy Dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley on the Tuolomne River, precluded any state efforts to remove the dam and that an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit group that brought the suit had filed it decades too late.
It had been said that Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley was even more picturesque than Yosemite Valley. It looks like we won't get the chance to see if that's true.

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