San Francisco, CA – Today, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) hosted a premiere screening event for the “Discover Your Watershed” video series at the Main Library Koret Auditorium. The series features 12 local story tellers sharing their experiences of San Francisco’s eight watersheds and their unique history. The event included District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, who was the first to be featured in the series, and SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly.
“I’m encouraged every day by San Francisco’s commitment to sustainability and bringing urban greening to our neighborhoods,” said Supervisor Katy Tang. “Whether it is removing pavement from front yards to let stormwater soak into the ground, or installing rain barrels to capture and reuse rain water, these efforts help make San Francisco’s watersheds more resilient.”
“We are creating projects and programs that will optimize the use of our finite water resources and manage stormwater to protect public health, our environment and create a more resilient and reliable future,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly
. “Stories like these inspire ideas and help develop a vision for sustainability more livable and sustainable San Francisco.”
A watershed is a land area that channels rainfall and snowmelt to creeks, streams, and rivers, and eventually to outflow points such as reservoirs, bays, and the ocean. San Francisco has eight distinct urban watersheds, five on the Bayside (North Shore, Channel, Islais, Sunnyvale, and Yosemite), and three on the Westside (Richmond, Sunset, and Lake Merced). The SFPUC completed numerous technical studies, known as the Urban Watershed Assessment, to help plan the City’s Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP)
, a 20-year, multi-billion dollar project to improve the collections portion of San Francisco’s sewer system.
The SFPUC also showcased at the event innovative and interactive maps for residents to explore and better understand their watersheds. Each map serves a distinctive purpose, like showcasing to users how San Francisco’s watersheds and shoreline have changed over time, points of interest for residents to visit and see firsthand, and a “Future Map” to explore the SFPUC’s SSIP projects underway to improve the sustainability of the City’s watersheds. The maps will be published online and available to the public Friday, May 11.