From Rushes to Railroads: The Importance of Groveland, CA

Astride the twists and curves of Highway 120 in Tuolumne County sits the historical Gold Rush town of Groveland, California. Nestled just 25 miles west of Yosemite’s National Park’s westernmost entrance, tiny Groveland features a Main Street filled with places to eat, sleep, shop and drink—including Iron Door Saloon, the oldest continuously operating saloon in…

Whales, Sharks and Hippo-Like Fossils Found at Calaveras Dam

When one moves enough dirt to fill four Levi’s Stadiums, they just might find hidden treasures. In the case of the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project, fossils were found. Calaveras is located 33 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. About 15 and 20 million of years ago it was next to an inland ocean. The water…

How Drinking Water Powers San Francisco

San Francisco’s delicious Hetch Hetchy tap water is famous, but what few people know is that this water also powers the City. The same force of gravity that propels Hetch Hetchy water across California and to your tap is also harnessed to generate clean, 100% greenhouse gas-free Hetch Hetchy hydroelectric power. Hetch Hetchy hydroelectric power…

A Look Back in History: Bay Division Pipeline Reliability Upgrade Project

Among the many achievements from the SFPUCs water infrastructure project is a 21-mile long pipeline from the City of Fremont to near Redwood City, called the “Bay Division Pipeline Reliability Upgrade Project.” The pipeline includes a 5-mile tunnel underneath the San Francisco Bay called the “Bay Tunnel.” The Bay Tunnel is significant in that it…

A Look Back in History: Golden Gate Park Sewer Plant

The first sewage treatment plant in San Francisco was built at the end of Golden Gate Park located at the Southwest corner of the park adjacent to the Southwest, or Murphy, Windmill. It was, of course, an operation of the Department of Public Works at the time. As described in a 1937 paper, “The Beautification…

A Big Win for the Bay Area on Coastal Cleanup Day

Saturday was a big day of trash talking. This year’s Pollution Prevention Week ended in an epic event that saw hundreds of volunteers show up at Islais Creek for the Battle for the Bay Coastal Cleanup Challenge in San Francisco on Saturday, September 21. The friendly competition between San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Oakland Mayor…