Tuolumne Meadows - Yosemite National Park CA
Agency: National Park Service (NPS), Public Works Administration (PWA), Conservation and Public Lands, Public Works Funding
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In the late 1930s, the Public Works Administration (PWA) funded a new sewage collection and treatment system for Tuolumne Meadows. It replaced the original septic tanks for the campground comfort stations and was extended to take in a broader area around the campground.
More information is needed on the amount and timing of the PWA funding.
The old spray field system for distributing treated sewage has been recently replaced with settling ponds.
It is unknown how much of the original piping survives.
Project originally submitted by John Broesamle on February 11, 2022.
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Yosemite National Park completed a sewer system for the area under a PWA allotment. Sewage pollution existed due to the “necessary facilities” in the park in the area of the watershed for for the Tuolumne River. Public Works Administration announced $42,000 allotted to Yosemite National Park for “extension and improvement of the water supply system.” Another $44,000 was allotted for the extension of the Tuolumne Meadows sewerage system.
Sewage Plant Ends Danger. (Jan 6, 1935). Oakland Tribune, p. 73.
Yosemite, Sequoia Parks Plan Many Improvements. (Sep 24, 1938). The Fresno Bee, p. 11
This Week in Washington: From the Office of Congressman Frank Buck. (Mar 17, 1939). Tracy Press (Tracy CA), p. 9.