Getting San Francisco Rain Ready: A Community Effort

At almost every intersection in the City, over 25,000 catch basins help to capture stormwater when it rains. This stormwater runoff then goes into the same pipes that connect to household and business drains. This “combined sewer system” is what helps manage stormwater and protect public health and the environment and reduce the risk of…

How You Can Prepare for the Rainy Season

The rainy season is here and it is never too early to be prepared. Because San Francisco has a combined sewer system that collects and treats stormwater in addition to what is flushed down the toilets and goes down the sinks, the SFPUC ramps up its storm preparation and response efforts in advance of and…

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…

First-Ever Adopt a Drain SF Event Celebrates Volunteers

A diverse group of residents and business owners from across San Francisco gathered together in the East Garden of the California Academy of Sciences on Sunday, July 28 for the one thing that united them all – their storm drains.  The SFPUC held its first-ever Adopt a Drain SF volunteer appreciation event as a way…

Green Infrastructure Volunteers See How Rain Gardens Measure Up

Last week the SFPUC partnered with Earthwatch and HSBC Holdings volunteers to conduct some citizen science out in the field on the oldest rain gardens in San Francisco. Rain gardens are also known as “green infrastructure,” a stormwater management technology that uses the natural power of plants and soils to slow down, clean and re-route…