YOSEMITE VALLEY, CAL.
The Secretary of the Interior at Washington has refused the application of San Francisco for permission to begin the necessary construction towards obtaining a water supply from the Yosemite National park. The city proposed to expend about $39,000,000 on the waterworks, and had a hearing before the Secretary of the Interior some months ago, at which authority to take the preliminary steps, so far as they applied to the park, were asked. The Interior Department’s adverse action is based on the fact that the organic act creating the park requires the government to keep it in its natural condition. It was pointed out that the law under which the application was filed could grant only a temporary privilege, which would be revocable at the will of any future head of the department. The city wished to build a dam at the end of the valley and convert it into a reservoir. It also proposed to dam up the end of the lake Eleanor. The Department holds that such works would obliterate or deface the nautral wonders of the park. Great disappointment is felt in San Francisco.
The total receipts of the Kenosha, Wis., Municipal Water company during last year were $42,800.80; the clear profit made by the city was $20,000.