Water Rights Grant to San Francisco.

Water Rights Grant to San Francisco.

Last May Secretary Garfield made a grant of water rights to San Francisco, involving the transfer of jurisdiction of one-half of the Yose mite National Park. Against this a vigorous protest has been presented to Congress, on the ground (1) that, while the city uses 35,000,000 gal. of water per day, its present source of supply can be developed to over 100,000,000 gal. daily; and (2), because destruction would follow to the Hetch-Hetchy valley, if turned into a reservoir, since, whatever the effect it might have on the scenery, the flooding of the entire floor many fathoms deep with water, as shown by the plans of the city engineer of San Francisco, would destroy the camp ground groves in the park-like stretches of the valley and render the valley inaccessible. unusable, and unenjoyablc by the public. The netitioners add that no rental whatsoever is asked for these water rights —valued at over $10,000,000. The grant abandons the enormous and immensely valuable waterpower to be developed, leaving it to be ap propriated without compensation by the city and by local interests and private corporations, when it should have been reserved entirely to be dis posed of by the nation, the proceeds to be applied to the maintenance of the park.

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