Sequoia Park Stimulus

Fresno, CA While visitors enjoy the stunning views of Morro Rock and picturesque mountains at Sequoia National Park this summer construction crews will be working to make sure the park is safer and more visitor-friendly thanks to about $14-million dollars in federal stimulus money just awarded.

The biggest project of all - coming in at around $10-million dollars will replace this more than 80-year old water treatment facility. The tanks provide water to sequoia national park's visitors center, administrative headquarters and other historical areas of the park.

Carpenter points out to us the cracks and mineral deposits seen on the side of the facility. He said if the tanks were to break, the visitors center, park headquarters and other historical areas downhill of the facility would be flooded with the more than 150-thousand gallons of water.

Crystal Cave is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the park.

Park officials said right now Crystal Cave's lights are run by a generator.

Park officials hope to start the projects this summer.

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