Celebrate Earth Month Through Sustainable Gardening

On Thursday, April 22, the world is coming together to celebrate Earth Day to “Restore Our Earth.” To celebrate, the SFPUC is hosting a free webinar to learn environmentally friendly gardening methods. The webinar, “Healthy Soil, Healthy Garden, Healthy Planet,” invites participants to learn how healthy soil is the foundation of a healthy, resilient garden…

How You Can Restore the Earth: Prevent Stormwater Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Close your eyes and imagine you are looking at one of your favorite places in San Francisco: Lombard Street, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, or the sunny Mission District. Now picture everything on the streets and sidewalks – chemicals seeping out from cars, candy wrappers, discarded face masks, tree leaves, and anything that’s flowed…

Green Infrastructure: Helping Manage Our Stormwater for the Future

The heavy rains and winds San Francisco experienced in late January marked the first significant rainfall of the year. What happens to that rain once it falls is very important, especially for the SFPUC. On average, over 10 billion gallons of rain falls in San Francisco each year. That rain falling on our roofs, sidewalks…

SFPUC Strike Team Responds to Stormy Weather

Stormy conditions hit San Francisco this week and the SFPUC’s Strike Team deployed two nights in a row. In part two of this series , we look at how a Stormwatch activation deploys crews while most people are sleeping to comb the city for clogged catch basins. “We were prepared for the worst, with more…