Essential for the growth of the city, as well as for all of California, was the appropriation of water. Brechin suggest that, from Owens Valley to Yosemite, the water projects of the state benefited real estate rather than people.
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This is part two of a two progam mini-series on "Imperial San Francisco"
Each is a 29 minute, self contained, radio program
Part one is on the gold rush.
Water projects could not be undertaken by individual investment. Money from taxpayers, state and federal subsidies and intervention were necessary. In an effort that continued over decades all these sources were tapped by skilled politicians. In an unprecedented victory for San Francisco, congress agreed to turning half of a major National Park, Yosemite, into a source for water and power for the city and Hetch Hetchy valley was flooded.