Latest from San Francisco – Public Utilities Commission

Building’s artificial wetlands mimic nature

July 22, 2012 by Alicia Freese

Inside the artificial wetlands of the San Francisco PUC’s new headquarters.

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Tuolumne River Trust

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The Tuolumne River Trust promotes the stewardship of the Tuolumne River and its tributaries to ensure a healthy watershed. The river is outside Bay Nature’s coverage area, but much its water is diverted to supply the customers of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

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Alameda Creek Alliance

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The Alameda Creek Alliance is a volunteer-based community watershedgroup working to restore native steelhead trout to Alameda Creek.

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Lake Merced

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

An excellent spot for birding, walking or jogging. The four areas of Lake Merced offer views of a variety of

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Getting to Market in Sunol

October 01, 2011 by Jacoba Charles

In the Sunol Valley, beyond the subdivisions of Pleasanton, Fred Hempel grows tomatoes alongside other farmers growing figs, strawberries, and more. It’s all part of an unusual experiment in micro-farming unfolding under the leadership of Sustainable Agriculture Education on land owned by the San Francisco water department.

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Good News for Steelhead from SFPUC

February 10, 2011 by Erica Reder

Things are looking up for the steelhead trout of Alameda Creek. A revised plan to replace the Calaveras Dam includes several features that will benefit the federally threatened fish. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) approved the project on January 27, 2011, ending years of discussion with conservation groups and federal agencies.

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Alameda Creek Dam Policies Could Decide Frogs’ Future

August 27, 2010 by Vanessa Thill

Sarah Kupferberg, a research scientist at UC Berkeley, is fascinated by foothill yellow-legged frogs, once common but now scarce in Alameda Creek. The SF Public Utilities Commission is rebuilding the Calavares Dam, and the way that dam gets managed may well determine the fate of these rare frogs.

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Crystal Springs Hike

December 15, 2008 by Rick Bacigalupi

For more than a century, thousands of acres on the San Francisco Peninsula have been protected as watershed lands to

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The Keeper of the Waters

July 01, 2008 by Cindy Spring

Gayle Ciardi, the first woman to serve as a watershed keeper for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is the fourth-generation of her family to work on the SFPUC watershed.

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The Saved and the Dammed

July 01, 2008 by Sarah Sweedler

For better and worse, the upper reach of the Pilarcitos watershed on the Peninsula was dammed to supply water to San Francisco in the 1860s. The surrounding land has been protected and kept off-limits to the public ever since, allowing rare species to thrive here. That includes the marbled murrelet, which nests only in old-growth conifers, such as Douglas fir. But the dam and other impacts also leave less water in the creek for oceangoing steelhead. Now, a diverse group of stakeholders has come together to chart a brighter future for the fish and the creek.

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