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The Sidewalk Garden Project

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Green your block today with the SFPUC and Friends of the Urban Forest

San Francisco’s urban watersheds are mostly covered with impermeable surfaces like concrete, asphalt and buildings, where stormwater has no place to go other than the City's combined sewer system. Heavy storms can overwhelm the system, resulting in neighborhood flooding and partially treated wastewater flowing into the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. Creating sidewalk gardens is one small action we can collectively take to greatly benefit our sewer system, the environment, and San Francisco communities.

As one of the City’s many greening efforts, the

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) are partnering on the Sidewalk Garden Project, a program to green our city and keep our Bay and Ocean clean. Together, the SFPUC and FUF will work with San Francisco residents to create sidewalk gardens that will take advantage of the natural processes of soils and plants to slow down and clean stormwater and keep it out of our City’s sewer system.

The Sidewalk Garden Project will replace concrete sidewalks with thriving gardens to capture stormwater and reduce the burden on our sewer system while beautifying San Francisco neighborhoods and protecting the environment.

Gather your neighbors and join the Sidewalk Garden Project today! Sign up for our mailing list! Or to participate, visit


Other Ways to Join the SFPUC's Efforts to Green the City

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Get involved in green infrastructure projects near you

Help us plan, design and build larger green infrastructure projects in the city over the next three years. These projects will help manage the city’s stormwater using technologies like rain gardens and permeable pavement. We want to hear from you about the design of these projects! To get involved, visit

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Plan for the future of the sewer system

Be part of the long-term planning process for sewer system improvements in San Francisco over the next 20 years. The SFPUC wants your input regarding challenges and opportunities for sewer system improvements citywide. To get involved in the Urban Watershed Assessment project, visit

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Last updated: 5/12/2014 8:59:09 AM