Meet Local Students Who Became Drain Heroes 

A few weeks before shelter-in place was mandated in San Francisco, Kelly Newman, a science teacher for middle and high school students at St. John’s Academy, adopted several drains close to the school as part of the SFPUC’s Adopt a Drain Program. An advocate for watershed programs, Newman wanted to teach her students awareness about ecosystems, the environment, ground water, and wastewater.   “It is so important to me to educate students…

Crews Work Quickly to Fix Sewer Main Blockage at George Sterling Park

On December 17, the City’s 3-1-1 Customer Service Center received a call reporting “water leaking down some steps onto the street from an unknown source” at George Sterling Park. The park sits on a landscaped hilltop with paths, benches with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. “I dispatched crews out there asap to get eyes…

How to Safely Clean a Storm Drain

With over 25,000 storm drains and catch basins throughout San Francisco, the SFPUC offers a unique program that allows residents to take an active role in caring for and improving the neighborhood where they live and work. Launched in 2016, the Adopt a Drain Program lets San Francisco residents “adopt” one of the City’s storm…

Bessie Carmichael Receives Green Infrastructure Grant to Become the Next Green Schoolyard

“Green infrastructure projects play a critical role in helping the SFPUC reach out long-term sustainability goals,” said SFPUC Green Infrastructure Grant Program project manager, Sarah Bloom. Bessie Carmichael Middle School was awarded $428,075 from the SFPUC’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program. This grant will transform the school’s asphalt play space into an educational stormwater schoolyard with…