Thriving with Nature: Meet Watershed Keeper Supervisor Sarah Lenz

When your office is literally in nature, seeing wild animals can be a daily occurrence. Sarah Lenz, watershed keeper supervisor in the Peninsula Watershed, is part of a small team of dedicated people in the SFPUC’s Natural Resources and Lands Management Division who patrol and protect the agency’s 23,000-acre watershed on the Peninsula. Lenz loves…

Fowl Play: Wild Turkeys Flock and Waddle in the Watersheds

Often seen in flocks of five to fifty birds, wild turkeys are common in the SFPUC’s Alameda Creek and Peninsula watersheds, usually waddling slowly together in search of their next meal. The wild turkeys in the SFPUC’s watersheds, and occasionally wandering suburban streets, are not native to California. Most are descendants of farm-raised turkeys from…

A Look Back in History: Lombard Reservoir in our Cool Gray City of Love

The year was 1860. Abraham Lincoln was in the White House and the Pony Express was carrying mail overland from Missouri to California. And construction was completed on one of San Francisco’s oldest water reservoirs – Lombard Reservoir. It has been providing clean, safe, and reliable drinking water to San Francisco residents in lower Russian…