Draft EIR anticipated by spring 2018

Our final public workshop advertised through e-mails, social media, and a bilingual mailing, took place on October 25.  THANK YOU to all of you who participated in our workshops and bus tour during the month of October.

Input collected at these gatherings will be compiled by our outside facilitator and posted here soon, and will supplement work to advance the Draft Environmental Impact Report of a project to provide flood protection, ecosystem restoration and recreation. The Draft EIR will be available for public comment early in 2018.  Here is summary of public comments received during the public scoping period earlier this year.  Feel free to contact us regarding this project at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Construction update

Work began in the summer of 2016, and construction of the floodwall area (at left) between East Bayshore Road and Daphne Way on the East Palo Alto side / Geng Road on the Palo Alto side is now about 85% complete. In compliance with environmental permits, this in-channel work concluded for the year in mid-October. In 2018, the final phase of work will complete the floodwalls and construct new levees from Daphne / Geng to past the Friendship Bridge.

Meanwhile, outside the channel, the following work continues this year: construct the new levee through the Palo Alto Golf Course, complete the new PG&E natural gas pipeline, relocate the East Palo Alto sewer main, install recycled water pipes into that city, and restore the Faber Marsh north of the creek.  For information on this project, please e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


See the SAFER Bay Feasibility Report

Our Strategy to Advance Flood protection, Ecosystems and Recreation along the Bay (SAFER Bay project) will evaluate infrastructure alternatives to protect Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and Palo Alto against extreme tides with sea level rise, and enhance shoreline habitat and trails.  We want to know what you think.

CLICK HERE to read the October 2016 Feasibility Report of project objectives, approach, and findings for East Palo Alto and Menlo Park (a similar study of alternatives to protect and enhance Palo Alto will be completed in 2017).  From November to January, with the East Palo Alto and Menlo Park city councils, the Salt Pond Restoration Project, and the Citizen’s Committee to Complete the Refuge, we gathered additional ideas. We soon will begin design and develop an EIR.  Please contact us to receive the Feasibility Report’s appendices and to learn more about SAFER Bay, and see an Almanac cover story on this project.


NEXT BOARD MEETING: November 16, 3:30 p.m., East Palo Alto City Council Chambers


What We Do

The SFCJPA is an independent regional government agency founded by three cities and two countywide agencies divided by San Francisquito Creek and united by its watershed and floodplain. We lead projects along the creek and S.F. Bay that reduce a proven flood threat, enhance ecosystems and recreational opportunities, and connect our communities. We receive funding from the agencies listed below, as well as federal, state and private sources.

Public Meetings

The SFCJPA Board meets frequently throughout the year, and agency staff host and participate in discussions with community groups, city councils, and others. Please join us at a meeting listed below:

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The SFCJPA and its partners produce a wealth of information on all aspects of the watershed and our plans to improve it. To learn more, click on one of the links below.

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Know Your Watershed

The links below will give you a better perspective on the Watershed, our place in it, and opportunities to get involved to appreciate and improve this incredible natural resource.