Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal


Gerald H. Meral


Section II of this article presents an overview of the natural, human, and political histories concerning Hetch Hetchy Valley and the construction of O’Shaughnessy Dam. Section III then considers the options available to replace water and energy supplies that would be reduced by dam removal. Section IV evaluates the benefits, costs, and financing alternatives related to the proposed removal of O’Shaughnessy Dam and the restoration of Hetch Hetchy Valley. Section V identifies some of the legal issues and obstacles involved in the proposed dam removal, and Section VI describes the Valley as it might be after it is restored.