See the New 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. 

CLICK HERE to read the October 2016 Feasibility Report of project objectives, approach, and findings for East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Contact us to receive the Report’s appendices by e-mail and to let us know what you think.  A similar study of alternatives to protect and enhance Palo Alto will be completed in early 2017.  On DECEMBER 6th at 7PM at the MENLO PARK CITY COUNCIL, we will continue the process of gathering public input before we begin to design and develop an EIR of the alternatives. To learn more about the project, please contact us and see a March 5, 2014 weekly Almanac cover story on this project.


Moving forward to protect and restore

On August 5th, we celebrated the beginning of project construction with a groundbreaking ceremony—see one of the TV news stories.  Work to improve a PG&E electrical tower will now be followed by building new levees, floodwalls, and marshes, and upgrades to a sewer main and PG&E gas pipeline.

To learn more, visit the project construction website, see a map of trail closures updated weekly or a brochure in English and Spanish, sign up to receive e-mail updates, watch a segment of the Palo Alto Weekly’s Behind the Headlines, e-mail us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and attend one of our public meetings.

The SFCJPA and each of its five member agencies provide the $41.35 million cost for construction, utilities relocation and environmental mitigation. Because regulatory permits limit our work windows, construction will last through 2018.


Thinking ahead

Separate storms led the National Weather Service to issue regional Flash Flood Watches for our area over six days in March. While we dodged a bullet during the El Niño six months ago, now is the time to plan ahead for next winter.

To monitor the forecast, SIGN UP FOR FLOOD ALERTS, and see a searchable Google map of areas at risk of FLOODING DURING A STORM, go to

To learn about what we have done and what you should do to be prepared for potential flooding, please watch a video of a recent community meeting with useful information, or attend an upcoming meeting.  Also, see a brochure sent to thousands of properties and a map of sandbag stations.


NEXT BOARD MEETING: December 15 at 4:00 PM in Palo Alto's 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.