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The mission of the Yosemite Restoration Campaign is to reform San Francisco’s 19th century water system to allow for the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley and the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park.
For almost 100 years San Francisco has imported virtually all of its water from Yosemite and has made little effort to utilize its local water resources.
- San Francisco does not recycle any of its water which stands in stark contrast to Orange County, California which recycles 92 million gallons per day.
- In 1930 San Francisco used more than 14 million gallons per day of local ground water but today uses less than 3 million gallons per day.
- San Francisco receives over 20 inches of rain annually virtually all of which is discarded into the sewage system.
It’s time to plan to do better.
Our initiative offers San Francisco the opportunity to begin to plan for a more sustainable future while reversing the damage the Hetch Hetchy water system has done to the environment. By approving the "Water Sustainability & Environmental Restoration Planning Act of 2012," San Francisco has the opportunity to move from last in the state in terms of water management to first in the nation in terms of environmental stewardship. It’s time to modernize this outdated system and allow Hetch Hetchy Valley to come back to life.
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