The Public Utilities Commission $30 million contract with the National Park Service to manage the watershed within Yosemite National Park was approved Tuesday in an 11-0 vote by the Board of Supervisors. The contract ends June 30, 2015.
Eighty percent of the drinking water PUC provides comes from the Hetch Hetchy watershed and it is not filtered because of the high water quality.
What the PUC gets out of the agreement is such things as staffing of entrance stations controlling access to Hetch Hetchy watershed areas, patrolling of the area, trail and restroom maintenance and permits for overnight campers. Also included is dam security.