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Death at Wapama Falls

Postby balzaccom » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:10 pm

Just in case you might think that some of us have been exaggeration the dangers of the high water in the Sierra this year:

"A man slipped on a bridge at snowmelt-swollen Wapama Falls last week and got swept into Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, authorities said. Wapama Falls is the major cascade visible from O’Shaughnessy Dam that impounds Hetch Hetchy, which was 98 percent full when the accident was reported at 1:45 p.m. Thursday. It’s less than a three-mile walk to Wapama Falls from the parking area next to the dam. Wooden bridges traverse a lower section of the falls before the falls tumble into the reservoir. The falls and their proximity to the bridges are billed as incentives for hikers to make the walk. "

Full story here: http://www.uniondemocrat.com/localnews/ ... tch-hetchy
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Re: Death at Wapama Falls

Postby Phil » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:49 pm

That's a shame, but the SF water official's response to it in assuring everyone that the hikers corpse didn't affect water quality was just plain weird.
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Re: Death at Wapama Falls

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:25 pm

They like to brag about the purity of that water, and yet when it gets to SF they UV it and chemically treat it just like all the rest of the water.
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