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 - SAN FRANCISCO WATER FIGHT Another Struggle In...
SAN FRANCISCO WATER FIGHT Another Struggle In Congress Over 977.000,000 Heteh Hstchy Plan. Special to TAe Xrw York Time. WASHINGTON, June 23.-The sUgs has been set for another struggle In Congress over . the ambition of San Francisco (to obtain' a mountain water supply from ths Sierra Nevadas at a cost of over 177,000,000 through the con struction of a reservoir in the plot uresque Hetch Hetchy Valley, situated about 200 miles east of the Golden Gate snd adjoining the Tosemlte National -p.rlr. For twelve years San Francisco has been righting ror a water supply irom the Sierras, and has now authorised a bond Issue of $42,000,0k for the Hetch Hetchy dam and reservoir project, ine dam would lie 200 feet high, between shelving rocks. It would flood the valley for many miles to a depth oi from ltxj to lau reel. Jonn juuir. tn nsiursi-1st. and other admirers of the natural rrandeur of the Yosemite and Hetch ietchy region, denounce the plan as a grab scheme " . whlt:h iwould spoiiats ths vallev. . ' ' 'I" ' The California delegation in Congress, Republicans and Democrats, are lined up behind a bill which, if passed, would enshls them to nut through their proj ect ton a water supply. John Mulr has appealed to his friends in the East, among them Robert Underwood Johnson of New Tork, who has been aiding Mm in bis ngnt against me tiin tutuhv nlan. to urse Hcott Ferrla. Chairman of the House Public Lands Committee, to postpone action until Congress holds itr reguhtr session in De cern ner. . . .. . Opponents of ths project allege that Pan Francisco Is trying to rush the Raker bill through Congress speciously In the present special session by urging imperative necessity tn connection with the forthcoming San Francisco fair, when no necessity exists, and that San Fanclsco could get an abundant water supply elsewhere in ths Sierras. - The House Publlo Lands Committee will beirin hearings' on the eubject on Wednesday morning, when It will hear Secretary of the Interior Lane. Secretary of Agriculture Houston, Chief For ester waves, uirector mun oi me nolneHcsl Kurvev. and Director Newell of the Reclamation Service. The have all agreed upon a new tie ten rietcny bill, which was Introduced to-dsy and modifies the terms of the Raker bill, rciffnni Ptnchot telerrached to-day hla support of the measure, and wants to be heard In Ita favor. The entire Cali fornia delegation ravors tne new oiu.

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 24 Jun 1913, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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