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After a five-year public process to complete design and to secure $37 million in local and state funds, the SFCJPA is on the cusp of obtaining approvals to begin construction. On August 13 for several hours, Regional Water Board members heard from the public, with the vast majority in support of quickly permitting this project. At left above is East Palo Alto Vice Mayor Lisa Gauthier, and below is Palo Alto City Councilmember Pat Burt, speaking at the hearing. Hearing coverage was on radio stations KCBS and KGO, and in the Palo Alto Weekly.
The Regional Water Board must approve the permit application now so we can reduce the threat to life and property before the 2016-17 rainy season and enhance water quality and habitat in that location.
This designation by the non-profit American Rivers is focused on the future of Searsville Reservoir and Dam, a 122 year-old structure that begins the 14-mile path of San Francisquito Creek through the heart of Silicon Valley.
Searsville is but one of the complex regional issues facing this creek, which divides cities and counties. The SFCJPA was formed by these jurisdictions to reduce a proven flood threat, enhance habitat for endangered and other species, and generally convert the creek from a divisive liability into a unifying asset. We are working with Stanford and others so that a decision regarding the future of Searsville, which will impact communities downstream, is made in the context of these related regional issues.
Our Strategy to Advance Flood protection, Ecosystems and Recreation along the Bay (SAFER Bay) project is underway. With a team of consultants, we are now looking at different alignments of infrastructure alternatives to provide tidal protection with Sea Level Rise to the cities of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. We are also working with other agencies to improve shoreline habitat and close a gap in the Bay Trail within the project area.
After we gather public comments this summer on potential alignments of the project features, we will design and develop an EIR for the preferred alternative.
In the meantime, contact us with your comments or questions, and please see a cover story on this project from the March 5 edition of the weekly Almanac.
Next Meeting: Board of Directors, Thursday, September 25 at 4:00 pm in Palo Alto City Hall
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.
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:
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.
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.