July 14, 2010

Double-decker buses worth of fat!

BBC News UK: Massive fat mounds removed from London's sewers

Thames Water says it has removed enough fat to fill nine double decker buses from London's sewers.

Check out this video and see for yourself!

This problem is close to home as well - Fats, oil and grease (FOG) are a serious problem for San Francisco’s wastewater system too clogging our sewers and costing more than $3.5 million each year to unclog the pipes.

BUT WAIT! The SFPUC's SFGreasecycle program is there to help alleviate this fatty problem. Visit www.SFGreasecycle.org, and learn how we can turn FOG into biofuel. You should give it a try - whether you are with a restaurant or are a SF resident.

July 13, 2010

Watershed Stewardship Grants applications are due this Thursday, July 15!

Reminder! The current Watershed Stewardship Grants cycle ends this Thursday, July 15!

The application is available online on the both the Urban Watershed Management Program and the Community Challenge Grant Program websites. Applications are due Thursday, July 15, 2010, no later than 4:30 PM, City Hall, Room 362. Winners will be notified the week of September 20, 2010. Applicants can get started by reviewing the following information:

· Watershed Stewardship Grant Flyer
· Watershed Stewardship Grant Evaluation Criteria

And by completing the following forms:

· CCG Project Budget Template (Word)
· CCG Reporting Forms (Word)
· CCG Volunteer Match Form (Word)

The grant is a partnership between the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission SFPUC Urban Watershed Management Program and the Community Challenge Grant Program. It is aimed at enabling community-driven implementation of green infrastructure.

For more information, visit our website at http://stormwater.sfwater.org or the Community Challenge Grant Program website at http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=4264.

If you have questions specifically about the Watershed Stewardship Grants, please contact me at sminick@sfwater.org.

Good luck to all of the applicants!

Sarah Minick

July 1, 2010

Those dots by the catch basins? A sign for defeated mosquitos!

Check this article out and learn about SF's eco-friendly pest management practices run by Pestec:
"Bloodthirsty Females Foiled by Bikes"