Improving our Sewer System and Benefiting the Community
The Chinatown Living Alley Project is currently in construction. Some delays have occurred due to unexpected utilities and subsurface structures. Construction is anticipated for completion winter 2017.
The Chinatown Living Alley Project is a partnership between the SFPUC and San Francisco Public Works that will feature innovative green infrastructure technologies on Spofford Alley in the City’s historic Chinatown neighborhood. The project includes flow-through planters and streetscape features to naturally capture stormwater runoff before it enters the sewer system.
Green infrastructure uses the natural process of plants and soil to filter, clean, and infiltrate stormwater. During heavy rains, stormwater can overwhelm the City’s combined sewer system and contribute to neighborhood flooding and combined sewer discharges into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Green infrastructure not only helps clean and reduce the amount of stormwater in the sewer system, but also uses rainwater as a resource to provide multiple community benefits.
Proposed Green Features
Associated Community Benefits
- Revitalize Spofford Alley
- Enhance pedestrian space
- Create more green space
- Provide community recreation space
- Beautify the neighborhood
- Enrich Chinatown cultural traditions
Check out the SFPUC calendar for upcoming Green Infrastructure and other SSIP events coming to your neighborhood!
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