New Poll Shows Statewide Support for Restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley

San Francisco has long believed that it must be able to continue to destroy a magnificent valley in Yosemite National Park so it can have unrestricted access to water. And a new poll shows that the rest of California does not share that belief.

The poll shows that a plurality of California voters — 45.3 percent — say they would support legislation that would strip San Francisco of its Tuolumne River water rights unless Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park is restored by 2025. The poll showed that 38.4 percent of voters said they would oppose such a plan; 16.2 percent were undecided. A plurality of voters — 42.9 percent — also said they support a ballot measure initiative that would do the same thing.

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