why I agreed that damming the Hetch-Hetchy was the best decision for the American people. In the growing city of San Francisco, California damming the Hetch Hetchy was just what the American people needed as it provided a very much needed, steady water supply. The choice to create the dam was simply a choice that helped the most people; Pinchot stated, “The fundamental principle of the whole conservation policy is that of us, to take part of the land and its resources and put it to the use of which it will serve the most people (Nash, 2014, p. 169), which helps give evidence of why helping more people outweighs the cost of preserving a wilderness. On the other hand, I understand the importance of preserving nature; Even Theodore Roosevelt said that “national parks should be kept as a great national playground.”. Preserving our national parks was a valid point as preservationists like John Muir were opposed as well for pretty good reasons such as wanting to keep these national treasures. Overall when looking at the controversy, I believe that the decision to build the dam was strategic and useful given the growing population of San Francisco and the need not desire fora steady water supply.
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