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Hetch Hetchy Valley

Teddy Rosevelt was president and he managed to protect Yosemite, the glorious canyon in California’s Sierra Nevada’s Mountains. That canyon had a companion, the one cut by the Tuolumne River in its own gorge just to the north. Rosevelt tried to protect that one too, but wasn’t successful. That broke John Muir’s heart. In 1906 the “Great Earthquake and Fire” devastated San Francisco and my family. The pressure to rebuild, made San Francisco’s demand for that river irresistable. Dams were built and by 1934 the Tuolumne River water began arriving. That is why water in San Francisco tastes so darn good. And that water allowed for the economic growth that supports our nation. But the cost is greater that just what is paid for a gallon of water. I took this video out a commercial aircraft window flying to San Francisco in 2022 to visit my family.


About Author

Ronald R. Van Stockum, Jr. is a lawyer, teacher, biologist, writer, guitarist, and recently an actor living on his family's old farm in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Santa Clara University, and a Masters and PhD. in Biology from the University of Louisville. He also has his Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He practices law from offices in Shelbyville, Kentucky concentrating his legal practice in environmental law. His biologic research is in historical phytogeography. Dr. Van Stockum, Jr. has published numerous books, articles, and short stories in the areas of law, science, and creative writing. most of his 24 titles are available on this site and Amazon with many on Kindle and Audible!

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