Thursday, February 18, 2016

Capturing Construction in Photos

To our construction teams, Robin is a familiar face who frequently visits the active construction sites to shoot some candid photos of construction and our hard workers. Little did we  know that Robin not only works to document the construction progress but she gains much deserved national recognition while she is at it. For the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), Robin’s photo of the New Irvington Tunnel Project made the Top Ten for the Engineering News Record (ENR) 2015 Year in Construction Photo Contest. This is a prestigious international construction photography competition, and we are extremely proud that Robin’s photo of our own tunnel was a winner!

About Robin
Robin Scheswohl moved to the Bay Area in 2003 from Philadelphia, PA where she studied photography and later worked with corporate and wedding photographers. She’s been with the SFPUC since 2007, working in the Construction Management Bureau and the Engineering Archives. She is responsible for cataloging and preserving thousands of historic images dating back to the 19th century, as well as documenting the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) construction projects. SFPUC Engineering Archives Photography has curated public exhibits at City Hall, at the San Francisco International Airport, and the SF American Institute of Architects (AIA) Headquarters. The images are used extensively by the SFPUC and appear in books, periodicals, environmental and engineering studies.

Here is Robin filming at the Bay Tunnel, which is the first tunnel constructed under San Francisco Bay.  Congratulations, Robin!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Construction Activities Resume

Construction activities for the Regional Groundwater Storage & Recovery (GSR) and Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) projects will resume today, February 16, after observing the President's Day Holiday.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Giants of the Watershed

The Peninsula Watershed is home to more than 3000 acres of Coastal Redwood and Douglas Fir. The tall native conifers are particularly important as nesting habitat for certain birds, such as the federally endangered Marbled Murrelet, a stocky black and white seabird that requires large areas of coastal forest canopy in order reproduce in the spring.  We’ll have updates in April and May on this year’s Marbled Murrelet pairs and other watershed wildlife.   

The pristine 23,000-acre Peninsula Watershed also has nearly 4000 acres of native oak and other hardwood forests, plus large expanses of grassland, chaparral, and other habitats, including marsh, riparian, cultivated and lakes. Together, they foster a diversity of ecosystems with their own webs of native plant and animal life. The watershed is also a State Fish and Wildlife Refuge. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Exploring the Watershed: Endless Opportunities for Volunteer Trail Leaders

Any day is a good day to walk, cycle or ride your horse along the Peninsula Watershed’s Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail—a 10-mile stretch through old-growth conifer forest, fragrant coastal scrub, and grassy meadows. Ridge Trail events are available by reservation on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. A wide variety of Ridge trail event itineraries are scheduled year round and are led Ridge Trail Leader Volunteers.

There are openings now to join our diverse corps of approximately 150 trail leaders, whose interests range from fitness to art, gardening, nature interpretation, and more. “The opportunities are endless, and the experience is unique,” said Watershed Natural Resources Manager Joe Naras. “The place gives you the impression that no one else is there.”

For an application to become a trail leader, go here, and scroll to the bottom of the page. For more information, contact our Coordinator John Fournet at