Birds of Feather Flock to Construction Projects

A huge construction project could be severely delayed by the tiniest nesting bird. The Federal Migratory Bird Act as well as the Fishing Game code forbid bothering or moving an active bird nest in a project area until the baby birds leave the nest. This could take weeks. Since August 31st is the official close…

What is the SFPUC Doing Inside Sunset Reservoir?

A hardhat, safety vest, and steel toed boots have been part of Titus Chen’s daily uniform lately. He has spent more time inside Sunset Reservoir than many of his colleagues, partnering with Dive Team guru John “JJ” Jordan to test operations, perform facilities inspection and plan improvements.  Sunset Reservoir, situated in San Francisco’s west side,…

Green Infrastructure Volunteers See How Rain Gardens Measure Up

Last week the SFPUC partnered with Earthwatch and HSBC Holdings volunteers to conduct some citizen science out in the field on the oldest rain gardens in San Francisco. Rain gardens are also known as “green infrastructure,” a stormwater management technology that uses the natural power of plants and soils to slow down, clean and re-route…

Meet Maritza Juarez, a College-Bound Maisin Scholar

“Building a mall ignited my interest.” For Balboa High School graduate Maritza Juarez, her interest in math and science started when she was assigned to build a model of a mall for a school project. “Ever since that project, math and science became my favorite subjects,” said Juarez. “The teachers gave us a plan to…