Bats are Here and Everywhere

Today is Halloween and images of bats are everywhere. Just like the real thing. Bats are especially plentiful where there is water and warm weather. Bats are migratory creatures and need long stretches of land to hunt for insects. Development fragments their habitat making it difficult to be able to hunt and roost. Bats consume…

Watch Out for the Creepy Crawlies at Calaveras Dam

Fall is tarantula time in the Sunol Valley. The annual ‘tarantula migration’, which, begins in September through end of fall, is underway. Normally shy, living underground in burrows, and nocturnal, these hairy spiders are on the move. Turns out that after about five years of living alone (maturing in a burrow), male tarantulas head out in…

Meet Ieisha Morris: A Successful Woman in the Construction Industry

The SFPUC has a deep responsibility to the local communities we serve as we make multibillion-dollar investments in critical capital projects, such as the Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP). By focusing on efforts to strengthen its diverse local workforce, the agency helps ensure its ratepayers benefit not only from the SFPUC’s direct investment in the…

A Spook-Tacular Calaveras Dam Ghost Story

It seems even state-of-the-art construction projects like the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project aren’t without their ghostly places. While moving the rock and soil to make space for the New Calaveras Dam, workers uncovered what looked like holes dug into the area surrounding the existing dam. The holes are actually adits excavated by the builders of…

A Marriage of the Waters

Just four days before the Pulgas Water Temple ceremony, the Temple was being “polished” and tested. With scaffolding still in-place around the structure a lone workman attends to finishing some detail near the dome – the inscription perhaps. The gushing water passed under the temple, along a sluice and proceeds to mingle with the San…