Yosemite Rim Fire, Hetch Hetchy: Some things just stay with you. When I practiced law, a client’s land was divided by the Hetch Hetchy canal. Everytime they did anything, they had to get the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)’s approval. It was a very smart way to guarantee a water supply to San Francisco.
Anna Holmes @AnnaHolmes 6m
Just heard the news that the Rim Fire hit Hetch Hetchy. I went hiking there just a few years ago. Area one of my favorite places.
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Watch a Terrifying and Beautiful Timelapse of the Yosemite Rim Fire
The massive Rim Fire spreading into Yosemite National Park has slowed down recently as the weather begins to cooperate with efforts to stop it. And now that the danger to the park has subsided a bit, officials there posted a timelapse compilation of the blaze’s approach. It’s simultaneously terrifying and beautiful:
The cities, water districts and private utilities represented by the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) rely upon the Hetch Hetchy system for water to protect the health, safety and economic well being of 1.7 million citizens, businesses and community organizations. Together, the BAWSCA agencies account for two-thirds of water consumption from the system and pay for two-thirds of its upkeep. The BAWSCA agencies are therefore key stakeholders in ensuring the system serves as a reliable source of high quality water.
While constructed and owned by San Francisco, the water system was in fact planned to benefit the greater San Francisco Bay Area population. Several cities and water agencies that are now part of BAWSCA urged Congress to pass the Raker Act in 1913, the law that allowed federal lands in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, including Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, to be used to build the water system. The cities of Burlingame, Hayward, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Mateo, along with the Alameda County Water District, were among Bay Area communities whose support was influential in persuading Congress to pass the controversial Act, and President Woodrow Wilson to sign it.