New Polling Indicates Statewide Support for Restoration of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley

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45% of Californians support linking San Francisco’s water rights to restoration, according to third party poll commissioned by Restore Hetch Hetchy

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According to the California Department of Water Resources, California would realize an annual economic benefit upwards of $6 billion if the Hetch Hetchy Valley were restored.

Restore Hetch Hetchy today released results of a public opinion poll indicating that a plurality of California voters would support linking San Francisco’s continued use of water from the Tuolumne River to the eventual restoration of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. Eighty-five percent of San Francisco’s current water supply is drawn from the Wild and Scenic Tuolumne River based on water rights granted by the state of California to San Francisco in 1890. Hence, California voters have the authority to revise or repeal those water rights.

The poll indicates that many more California voters would support action which would “revoke San Francisco’s right to water from the Tuolumne River if it does not remove its reservoir from Yosemite National Park so that the Hetch Hetchy Valley can be restored by 2025,” than oppose it, with a combined average(1) of 45% in favor.

o    Forty-eight percent support legislative action revoking San Francisco’s water rights if Hetch Hetchy is not restored.(2) Thirty-six percent opposed such action, and 16% were undecided.

o    Forty-three percent support a state ballot initiative revoking San Francisco’s water rights if Hetch Hetchy is not restored.2 Forty-one percent opposed such action, and 17% were undecided.

“According to the California Department of Water Resources, California would realize an annual economic benefit upwards of $6 billion if the Hetch Hetchy Valley were restored. Hence it made sense to determine where voters stand on bringing this wondrous place back to life. We are very, very encouraged by these results” said Mike Marshall, executive director of Restore Hetch Hetchy. “We clearly have more research to do, but are looking forward to sharing these results with legislators in Sacramento and California as we team up with them to achieve restoration.”

The telephone poll, which was conducted by Probolsky Research from February 13 – 17, had a sample size of 750 registered voters and has a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.

(1) The sample was split into two questions and the results were averaged
(2) The margin of error for split questions is +/-5.4%

ABOUT RESTORE HETCH HETCHY: The mission of Restore Hetch Hetchy is to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its natural splendor while continuing to meet the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River.

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Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, (949) 307-1723, melanie(at)mwebbcom(dot)com

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