Restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley
Thesis Statement: The Hetch Hetchy Valley is a contentiouslocation that has both aesthetic value and practical commercialvalue.
The Hetch Hetchy Valley is a granite valley that is suited to holdpure water .
A historical background of the controversy in Hetch Hetchy Valleygives a foundation to the thesis of the discussion. The city of SanFrancisco had proposed to build a dam that would flood Hetch HetchyValley more than a century ago. It was the first time that anational debate about public utilities occurred.
The Utility of O’Shaughnessy Dam to San Francisco
The dam has 360,000 acre-feet of water. And is used to generatehydro-electric power.
A Cost-benefit Analysis of Restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley
It is extremely expensive to relocate the dam’s water
: Logistical Obstacles to Restoring Hetch Hetchy
O’Shaughnessy dam supplies around eighteen percent of the waterthat is for consumption by the city of San Francisco and its suburbs.
The city would have to secure an excess of forty megawatts ofelectricity that would step in to sate the demand in the variousmunicipalities of San Francisco
If the dam were to lose its capacity and another built downstream,then the state would have to set up a filtration plant
There is no escaping the reality that the dam would still cause moreecological damage
The Counter Argument
The continued presence of the O’Shaughnessy dam is the fact thatpeople are custodians of nature. The land mass that was once coveredby the dam was once a pristine piece of the wilderness of the UnitedStates
The only morally justifiable actions are those that benefit thegreater good of society.
The society of today holds the planet in trust for futuregenerations. .
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