Hetch Hetchy Source Refused

Issue 12 and Volume 53.

Hetch Hetchy Source Refused Secretary Fisher of the Interior Department, Washington, D. C., has refused to grant the application of the city of San Francisco for the use of the Hetch Hetchy Valley as a reservoir site. The Secretary in his decision said that as a matter of broad public policy the natural condition of so important a natural curiosity as the Hetch Hetchy Valley should not be radically changed without the express authority of Congress. The advisory board of army engineers substantially recommended the use of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in a report submitted to the Secretary two weeks ago, but his decision says: “I do not believe that the Secretary of the Interior should grant under the act of February 15, 1901, a permit in this case based upon the principal determining factor of the difference in cost between available alternative sources of water supply, whether the difference…

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