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In 2010, the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) including SFO, joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). By participating in this program, SFO adheres to the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and develops strategies to protect areas which could be affected by a 100-year flood. Based on a detailed San Francisco Bay Area Coastal Study, this preliminary FIRM designates portions of the City as coastal flood hazard areas, which include the Airport. On November 12, 2015, FEMA issued a preliminary FIRM to inform flood risk in San...
The May 2016 Plant of the Month is Lupinus succulents, more commonly known as Arroyo Lupine. The Arroyo Lupine is a California native that can grow to as much as 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide and has silver foliage with intense blue purple flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer. This lupine needs full sun and good drainage to thrive and, once established, needs little to no water. Vulnerable to snails and slugs, it is deer resistant and is a favorite of native pollinators. It is often seen growing alongside other California native wildflowers such as California poppy. Lupine is a...
Project receives highest award from American Council of Engineering Companies SFO's new Airport Traffic Control Tower was recognized as the top engineering project in the United States. In an awards ceremony held in Washington D.C. on April 19th, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) named the tower facility as the 2016 “Grand Conceptor Award Winner” for employing a cutting-edge vertical post-tensioned system, enabling the tower to remain upright and fully operational after a major earthquake. “The new Airport Traffic Control Tower at SFO is the physical manifestation of our...
Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the appointment of Ivar C. Satero as Director of the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), following the retirement of Director John L. Martin who has led the world class international airport for the last 20 years. Satero is currently the Chief Operating Officer of SFO and formerly held the position of Deputy Director for Design and Construction. His appointment is effective July 18, 2016. “The San Francisco International Airport is our City’s gateway to the world, and I am confident that Ivar Satero’s tremendous achievements and experience will ensure...
The April 2016 Plant of the Month is Isopogon latifolius, commonly known as drumsticks due to their globular shaped fruit. Drumsticks grow in small to medium shrubs with large, pink flower clusters that blossom on the end of the branches in the spring. Drumsticks are native to the South Western corner of Australia, an area that is known as one of the most diverse plant communities on the planet. The dry climate here provides the well-drained soil and full sun that are needed for them to thrive. The shrubs will grow to around 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide. A relatively rare plant, both in the...

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