Hetch Hetchy Project Threatened
The State Water Commission of California is now considering four applications by the city of Los Angeles for permission to divert water from the Tuolumne, Merced, San Joaquin, Kings and Kaweah rivers, for generation of electric power. The city of San Francisco is vigorously opposing the applications because to grant them would materially and most unfavorably affect the Hetch Hetchy water project. In addition, the scenic beauties of the Yosemite National Park would be greatly impaired, as the Los Angeles plan would entail the drying up of the Water Wheel Falls, the Le Conts Falls, California Falls and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. Officers of the State Water Board affirm that Los Angeles will not be permitted to run her scheme through without the most careful consideration by the board and the city has been instructed to make surveys and file maps with the board in respect to the applications. Robert M. Searle, special counsel for San Francisco in the Hetch Hetchy project, is preparing the necessary protests on behalf of that city and says that it will contest the applications to the last ditch. Los Angeles at first entered six applications for water diversion but later recalled two, leaving the four now under consideration.