About the Film

“Water from the Wilderness: Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco Bay” traces the extraordinary history of San Francisco’s water system as well as the engineering and delivery of an urban water system in the era of climate change. Situated on a mostly arid coastal peninsula, San Francisco experienced a sudden population boom during the California Gold Rush that underscored its need to develop a source of fresh water for the growing city. When the city chose a site in the pristine Hetch Hetchy valley, inside Yosemite National Park, an epic battle was led by John Muir. Today, with the impact of climate change keenly felt, “Water from the Wilderness” explores the ways an urban water utility, and those who depend on it, are learning to adapt and plan for an uncertain future.

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Water from the Wilderness Credits

Produced & Directed by
JIM YAGER

Co-Producer
PETER L. STEIN

Writers
JIM YAGER
PETER L. STEIN

Editor & Colorist
JIM SPADONI

Director of Photography
BILL CORONA

Narrator
MARILYN PITTMAN

Location Sound
ERIC LIMCAOCO
DAVE BAUMGARTNER

Historical Voices
BRAD VINIKOW
STEVE KET

Archivist
MIKE HOUSH

Audio Recording & Mixing
PAUL ZAHNLEY
DISHER SOUND

Social Media
SHELLEY BRADFORD BELL

INTERVIEWEES

GARY KAMIYA
ROBERT CHERNY
GRAY BRECHIN
SARAH ELKIND
STEVE RITCHIE
BARBARA HALE
DAN WADE
FRANCESCA VIETOR
SEJAL CHOKSI-CHUGH
HARLAN L. KELLY, JR
KARRI VING
TOMMY MOALA
CLAUDIA DAY
NEIL FAHY
PETER DREKMEIR
PETER GLEICK
LISA FISHER

Our Sponsors

“Water from the Wilderness: Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco Bay” is made possible by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Additional funding provided by the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR).

Coming in 2019: A new Documentary Series from Jim Yager Media

San Francisco: Tales from an American City

Coming up next in our series of documentaries, the remarkable stories of how San Francisco moves. From the unlikely survival of its iconic cable cars, saved from the dust heap by citizen activists; to the groundbreaking effort to form the nation’s first city-owned transit system. From innovators like Mary Ellen Pleasant, who won the right for all African Americans to ride the city’s streetcars; to today’s tech disruptors, envisioning new ways of moving through the city, region and state. These are the untold stories San Francisco’s streets. Stories that tell us not only where we’ve been, but give us a glimpse at where we might be headed.

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“Images of America: Hetch Hetchy”
By Beverly Hennessey

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By William Issel and Robert W. Cherney

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