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Tuolumne River featured by Ken Burns TONIGHT!

September 29th, 2009 Malina

With this cloudy weather we’re having here in El Dorado county today what sounds better than getting a cozy sweatshirt out of storage and curling up on the couch tonight with Ken Burn’s latest documentary? 

Ok Ok I know you aren’t all history nerds like me, but trust me, this one’s gonna fascinate you because it features our beloved Tuolumne River!  No, Ken didn’t call us up and go rafting with us (hello, what is he too busy?  Ken come join us!  You need a break from the archives and dusty old sepia-tone photographs!) but tonight’s segment of his new documentary on America’s National Parks features the T and the fight over Hetch Hetchy.  For rafters of course this is a fascinating and controversial tale because on the one hand, the reservoir gives us a long and reliable season on one of our favorite rivers.  But on the other hand, the dam drowned a magically beautiful canyon and will be difficult to maintain over the long term (a problem with all dams in California).  That’s what you call the horns of a dilema right there!

So grab that sweatshirt and the remote and learn something new tonight–it will make your rafting trip on the Tuolumne River next season all the more rewarding.

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