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1 Making San Francisco A Water Sensitive City Urban Watershed Management Program October 25, 2011

2 Outline San Francisco Context Drivers of Change Emerging Paradigm LID Program Goals Mechanisms for Change Non-potable Water

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4 Drivers of Change o o o o Social Environmental Regulatory Aging infrastructure

5 Challenges for San Francisco s Combined Sewer System

6 Emerging Paradigms in Water Management The Old Paradigm Human waste is a nuisance Stormwater is a nuisance Build to demand Demand is a matter of quantity One use (throughput) Gray infrastructure The Emerging Paradigm Human waste is a resource Stormwater is a resource Manage demand Demand is multi-faceted Reuse and reclamation Green infrastructure Bigger/centralized is better Limit complexity: employ standard solutions Integration by accident Small/decentralized is possible, often desirable Allow diverse solutions Physical and institutional integration by design Collaboration = public relations Collaboration = engagement Source: Rocky Mountain Institute

7 Low Impact Design & Green Infrastructure How do we make this. Urban Design has the biggest impact Work like this?

8 Low Impact Design (LID) Intensive eco-roof Living Wall Permeable paving Downspout disconnect & cistern In-street planter

9 Watershed Program Goals Use green infrastructure strategies to: Protect water quality; Slow and reduce stormwater entering the sewers and discharging to the Bay and Ocean; Promote infiltration and groundwater recharge; Revitalize natural watershed functions; Promote use of stormwater for nonpotable purposes; and Reduce the amount of power & chemicals needed to manage stormwater.

10 Mechanisms for change Regulations Clean Water Act (NPDES Permit) Green Building Ordinance Policies & Guidelines Sewer System Master Plan Stormwater Design Guidelines Better Streets Plan Rainwater harvesting MOU Graywater Codes Urban Watershed planning Urban Watershed Charrette Basin Analysis Capital Improvement Projects Community Involvement Watershed Stewardship Grants Rainwater Harvesting Subsidy

11 Stormwater Management Goals In separate sewer areas, stormwater transports pollutants to receiving waters. Goal: water quality protection In combined sewer areas, stormwater contributes to localized flooding and combined sewer discharges. Goal: slow & divert wet weather flows to maximize capacity & performance of existing infrastructure

12 Better Streets Plan

13 Better Streets Plan

14 Watershed Planning A hands-on game that allows the participants to visualize opportunities for LID and to quantify the relative costs, benefits and tradeoffs. Identify and analyze candidate projects for future capital improvements.

15 SSIP - Types of Project Alternatives CONVEYANCE Examples: Auxiliary Sewer Pipes, Creek Daylighting STORAGE Examples: Streetscape Bioretention Planters, Underground Detention Basins REUSE Examples: Rainwater Harvesting, Graywater Reuse RUNOFF REDUCTION Examples: Permeable Paving, Rain Gardens ODOR CONTROL Examples: Sewer Cleaning and Flushing, Fat, Oil, and Grease (FOG) Collection CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION Examples: Accommodation of Sea Level Rise within the service life of new Infrastructure, Raising CSD Weirs

16 Results Islais Creek Basin

17 Rainwater harvesting Less water in, less water out Using local resources in our San Francisco watersheds Decrease the volume of potable water used for irrigation Decrease the burden on San Francisco s combined sewer Recharge groundwater Help reduce flooding and combined sewer discharges Broadens San Francisco s water portfolio Rain sculpture, Mills College Photo: Ingrid Severson

18 Rainwater harvesting at schools, municipal buildings, & homes

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23 Optional Project Slides

24 18,000 gallons (regulatory compliance) 72,000 gallons irrigation for green roof Green infrastructure proposal for California Pacific Medical Center Image: Rana Creek

25 Transbay Terminal (5 acres) Proposed design diverts 1.8 MG from the sewer annually [4336 kwh savings] Image:

26 Green infrastructure proposal for 2001 Market, San Francisco

27 Rain gardens and permeable paving, Mint Plaza, San Francisco

28 Rainwater harvesting systems & gardens at Lafayette, Miraloma, & Starr King Elementary Schools.

29 Any questions? Rosey Jencks

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