California Trails

Lawsuit to Drain Hetch Hetchy Back in Court

An environmental group continues its fight to restore Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy area to its natural state.

The environmental group Restore Hetch Hetchy is pursuing a lawsuit to drain Yosemite National Park’s controversial reservoir, despite recent failures in court and on the ballot. The group argues that Hetch Hetchy’s spectacular landscape should be returned to its natural state, but San Francisco officials counter that the reservoir provides a critical water supply to the Bay Area.