John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


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[enclosure]Martinez, California. September 6/07Dear Sir:At the close of a meeting of the Sierra Club, called to consider theproposed Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Site, I met Mr. Pinchot, and after a brief talkin which the subject was outlined, he never having seen it, seemed surprized to learn how important a part of the Yosemite Park the Hetch Hetchy really is. He promised to call if possible after the close of the Irrigation Congress and goover the matter in detail, and advise me to write you in the meantime requesting you to keep the matter open until we could be heard. I am writing a description of the Valley which I shall send you tomorrow or the day after, and later thereport of our Club committee with other papers bearing on the subject.We are all[1] heartily in favor of a Sierra, or even a Tuolumne watersupply for San Francisco and the Irrigation companies, but feel assured that allthe water required can be obtained from other nearby sources outside the park [2] without damming Hetch Hetchy, the destructive effects of which on thePark in general could be equalled only by making Yosemite itself into a reservoir.[3] Indeed every argument advanced for the making of Hetch Hetchyinto a reservoir would apply with equal force to Yosemite excepting only thecost of the required dam [4]1 All was crossed out.2 Originally written "...but feel assured that the water required can be abundantly supplied..."10071


Martinez [Calif.]

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1907-09-18 00:00


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