Environment: Resurrecting A Valley

Resurrecting A Valley

"Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man." So wrote Naturalist John Muir almost 75 years ago in a vain effort to keep the U.S. Government from flooding Northern California's magnificent Hetch Hetchy valley, a Yosemite look-alike, to provide San Francisco with power and water.

Last week Interior Secretary Donald Hodel proposed a reversal of that decision. If the reservoir could be drained and the valley restored to its original condition, mused Hodel in a staff memo, "what a tremendous payoff for...