The SFPUC’s Stormwater Management Ordinance Turns 10 Years Old

This May, the SFPUC’s Stormwater Management Ordinance (SMO) celebrated its ten-year anniversary. This is exciting to celebrate, though one might wonder why. Every year, billions of gallons of rainwater flows into the City’s combined sewer system where stormwater is combined with wastewater from our toilets, bathtub drains, and sinks into one system that collects and…

How to Help Protect the Environment During the Pandemic

Last week, Mayor London Breed put an order for workers and residents – in fact, for everyone – in San Francisco to wear face coverings when they are outside of their homes for essential needs, including waiting in line for or inside of a grocery store or on public transportation. Most people are already wearing…

Pile Burning on Peninsula Reduces the Risk of Fire

Fires smoldered at several locations on the SFPUC’s watershed lands the week of April 3. The SFPUC’s watershed staff could not have been happier. The SFPUC owns approximately 23,000 acres of watershed land in the San Mateo Creek Watershed on the Peninsula. Although these lands support high concentrations of rare and endangered species of plants…

How the SFPUC Celebrates 50 Years of Earth Day

This month marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. What began as a small action on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan is now a global call for action. In the 50 years since that spring day in 1970, the SFPUC has initiated, designed, developed and implemented dozens of programs and policies that…

How to Celebrate Earth Day from Your Home

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the event that encourages people all over the world to celebrate and advocate for continued environmental awareness and protection. As a public utility the SFPUC takes environmental protection seriously. Having an awareness of one’s individual and collective impact on the planet informs the SFPUC’s day-to-day operations, planning,…

Meet Bree Candiloro, SFPUC Chief Nursery Specialist

For SFPUC Chief Nursery Specialist Bree Candiloro, a typical day at the office includes assessing the health of the plants, checking the SFPUC’s nursery and facilities to ensure everything is working properly, and seasonal nursery activities. This means spring is sowing; summer and fall is seed season, and in winter, plants go out for planting….