Paper: An Analysis of the Articles of Hetch Hetchy and Marsden Manson

Secondly, he mentions that the city has other resources of water that can be used instead of flooding the valley. Muir explains that San Francisco has plenty of water in its other reservoirs, such as Lake Eleanor. Also, Muir mentions that camping up stream from the reservoir would make the water not suitable for drinking. Finally, Muir talks about how all the campers that visit the valley would not have a place to go anymore. Being a great lover of the outdoors, Muir knew the beauty of the valley would be ruined by development of a reservoir. Marsden Mansens article is a plea to the Sierra Club to vote for the Hetch Hetchy reservoir. He argues against Muirs three points by telling how all the water falls and rock formations would remain in tact and that none of their beauty will be diminished. He also says that the area in question already belongs to the city of San Francisco. He tries to assuage us by telling us how the valley would be more beautiful because the rock walls will be reflected in the waters. He counters Muirs claim that campers would pollute the water by stating that the natural processes water goes through before reaching the reservoir would be sufficient sanitation. Finally, Manson states that using other reservoir resources for the city would be uneconomical. He says this for two reasons, one that the water would have to be pumped to higher parts of the city and secondly it would cost the city millions of dollars to do this. In effect, he tells us that the cost of water would go up for everyone. Both Muir and Manson make strong cases by stating facts and giving examples to support their side of the issue. Muir supports his facts by appealing to the readers senses of natural beauty and Marsden appeals to his readers by giving descriptive fact and figures of the reservoir. Both men give a good argument for their side of the issue and it all comes down to what the reader likes more. It is a true debate of Nature versus Progress....