San Francisco, CA—Water from the Wilderness: Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco Bay, a documentary focusing on the creation of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir that features numerous interviews with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) officials, will debut tonight at 8 p.m. on KQED
The 60-minute film details the early history and controversy about the plan to bring much-needed drinking water to the Bay Area, and the continuing challenges now facing the region with climate change.
The film traces the pioneering efforts of San Francisco leaders to create a reliable water supply for the City’s residents and the visionary planning of Michael O'Shaughnessy, who engineered the eponymous dam in the Hetch Hetchy Valley. In addition, the documentary highlights opposition to the project from famed naturalist John Muir, and the eventual creation of the SFPUC to oversee the regional system.
SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., Assistant General Manager Steve Ritchie and Water System Improvement Program Director Dan Wade are among the agency officials who offer insight and commentary on the importance of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water and Power System
“We are fortunate that San Francisco had bold and visionary leaders who understood the importance of securing a clean, reliable water and energy supply for Bay Area residents,” said Kelly. “This documentary offers a fair and compelling story on the creation of this incredibly unique regional system. The SFPUC was proud to take part in the production of this important story.”
The regional system provides clean drinking water to 2.7 million Bay Area residents, along with generating greenhouse-gas free hydroelectric power for San Francisco’s streetlights, Muni vehicles, schools, City Hall, the San Francisco Zoo, the San Francisco International Airport and more.
The documentary was directed and produced by Jim Yager, an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning independent producer with more than 25 years of experience in broadcast production and marketing.