SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Update on the Water System Improvement Program

"The Water System Improvement Program approved by voters in November 2002 to upgrade the Hetch Hetchy water system has completed 40 of 47 projects in San Francisco. This year, the project will triple its construction efforts as it moves into six counties upgrading regional tunnels, pipelines and other facilities that help bring water to our taps. Join the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Steve Ritchie, Assistant General Manager, and Julie Labonte, Director of WSIP, as they share key challenges to ensuring that 2.5 million Bay Area people continue to receive reliable, affordable, high-quality drinking water in an environmentally sustainable manner."


San Francisco Starts Building Green Streets For Stormwater Management

Without question, Portland’s Greenstreets program is the benchmark for American cities seeking to manage storm water and runoff from the street level before it enters the sanitation system pipes. Now, San Francisco is on its way to constructing its first on-street stormwater facilities in two places in the Bayview and Visitation Valley, pilots that should […]

Strong Show of Public Support at City Hall for Watershed Restoration

One of the PUC’s suggested treatments would daylight Yosemite Creek along city streets. Want to see an unprecedented outpouring of public support for a government agency? Look no further than your nearest sewer. A Monday afternoon presentation before the Board of Supervisors Land Use & Economic Development Committee by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission […]

SPUR Lunchtime Forum: The Waters of Rome: A new book by Katherine Rinne

From SPUR: Between 1560 and 1630, in a spectacular burst of urban renewal activity, Rome’s religious and civil authorities sponsored the construction of aqueducts, private and public fountains for drinking, washing, and industry, and the magnificent ceremonial fountains that are Rome’s glory. Urban designer and historian Katherine Rinne presents a unified vision of Rome during the baroque period that links improvements to public and […]

SFBC Rec Ride: Water, Water Everywhere

"How can waste water be reused? Visit public projects and private residences to learn about greywater systems, rainwater harvesting, and the history of water in San Francisco. TransitionSF and the San Francisco Permaculture Guild are leading these Transition Tours showcasing local efforts that create community and support both the environment and economy."