Today was a beginning not an end. Over 50,000 San Franciscans sent a powerful message to our elected officials that the status quo is not good enough.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 07, 2012
On Election Day, over 50,000 San Franciscans (nearly one quarter of those voting) voted ‘“Yes”’ on Proposition F, the Water Conservation & Yosemite Restoration Initiative. Although the initiative did not prevail, the Yosemite Restoration Campaign affirmed that it achieved many of the goals it set out to accomplish, including inspiring San Franciscans to imagine a different future - one that would increase their water security and begin to reverse the damage the City has done to Yosemite National Park and the Tuolumne River.
The Yosemite Restoration Campaign issued the following statement on election night:
“Although we have not yet prevailed, the Yosemite Restoration Campaign has achieved many of the goals we set out to accomplish. For the first time ever, San Franciscans considered a different future that would increase our water security and begin to reverse the damage the City has done to Yosemite National Park and the Tuolumne River. Nearly a quarter voted to reform our 19th century water system so that the Hetch Hetchy Valley and the Tuolumne River can be restored.
"Today was a beginning not an end. Over 50,000 San Franciscans sent a powerful message to our elected officials that the status quo is not good enough. We will spend the next two years leveraging and expanding this base of support to advance the cause of water reform in San Francisco and environmental restoration in Yosemite. We have no doubt that the values of sustainability and restoration will ultimately prevail.
"We are deeply grateful to the many volunteers and donors who supported the Prop F campaign. We applaud today’s 'Yes' voters for their vision and imagination.”
Proposition F would have required the City to develop a two-part plan to build San Francisco’s local water resources and reverse the damage done to the environment by the current water system over the last 100 years. Multiple major local, state and national environmental organizations endorsed Proposition F, including National Wildlife Federation, San Francisco League of Conservation Voters, National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Foothill Conservancy, Forest Issues Group, Friends of the River, California Water Impact Network, Eco Equity, Endangered Species Coalition, The Planning and Conservation League, Earth Island Institute and Wild Equity.
ABOUT THE YOSEMITE RESTORATION CAMPAIGN: The mission of the Yosemite Restoration Campaign is to reform San Francisco’s 19th century water system to allow for the restoration of the Hetch Hetchy Valley and the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park. It is a non-profit, 501 (c)(4) organization. http://www.YosemiteRestoration.org
Mike Marshall, (415) 956-0401, [email protected]
Melanie Webber, (949) 307-1723, [email protected]