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…

A Look Back in History: The Original 1969 Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline

The new tunnel and pipeline provide redundancy to the existing Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline built in 1969. The original pipeline and soils in this area were subject to failure during heavy precipitation or a major earthquake. The 1969 Crystal Springs Bypass Pipeline had been a critical, unique link in the transmission system conveying Hetch Hetchy Regional…