Over 100 People Were Spooked Out at the SFPUC’s Haunted Halloween Event

Last week, the SFPUC hosted a Haunted Halloween Garden for families at the College Hill Learning Garden on Halloween. The event was designed for the local community to explore the garden, participate in ghoulish family-friendly activities and enjoy Halloween and garden-themed treats. Festivities included a screening of San Francisco Department of the Environment’s LED giveaway, the SFPUC’s educational…

Meet the Snake with Racing Stripes at the Alameda Creek Watershed

In the Sunol Valley, there is a special species of snake that lives in the Alameda Creek Watershed. It is no other than the Alameda whipsnake, or sometimes called the Alameda Striped Racer, (Masticophis lateralis euryxanthus), a subspecies of the California whipsnake (Masticophis lateralis). It has made the coastal scrub, chaparral, and grassland habitats in…

Getting the Perfect Shot, a Filmmaker’s Journey to O’Shaughnessy Dam

Some people may know that the backbone of the SFPUC’s Regional Water System is the O’Shaughnessy Dam. This dam has long been recognized as an engineering marvel, but not many people really know why.  To answer that question, and provide the wider world a glimpse of the marvels of the O’Shaughnessy Dam, SFPUC staff leapt…

Bats are Here and Everywhere

Today is Halloween and images of bats are everywhere. Just like the real thing. Bats are especially plentiful where there is water and warm weather. Bats are migratory creatures and need long stretches of land to hunt for insects. Development fragments their habitat making it difficult to be able to hunt and roost. Bats consume…

Watch Out for the Creepy Crawlies at Calaveras Dam

Fall is tarantula time in the Sunol Valley. The annual ‘tarantula migration’, which, begins in September through end of fall, is underway. Normally shy, living underground in burrows, and nocturnal, these hairy spiders are on the move. Turns out that after about five years of living alone (maturing in a burrow), male tarantulas head out in…

Summer Inspections Help Prep for Rainy Season

Under San Francisco’s 49 square-miles, there is a city built under the City – San Francisco’s sewer system. Under the buildings, streets and parks where San Franciscans work, live and play, the sewer system infrastructure works 24/7 to protect public health and the environment. Protecting the health of San Francisco’s beaches and water quality is…