Reducing the risk of flooding this winter

The SFCJPA is 31 months into a permitting process to construct the first of several long-term flood protection projects. Yet, the prospect of a strong El Niño demands that we act now to reduce risk.  Thus, over the past three months, the SFCJPA facilitated: 1) its member agencies removing several tons of trash and vegetation that posed a threat in the channel, 2) a coordinated raising of creek banks by the cities in areas that previously flooded or may flood, 3) improved coordination among emergency response agencies from our three cities and both counties, and 4) pubic outreach, including a new project and winter preparedness brochure sent to thousands of properties and a map of sandbag locations.

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


SFCJPA seeks a Project Manager

The SFCJPA is seeking a full-time employee to independently manage one or more of the agency’s multi-jurisdictional, multi-benefit projects. In partnership with its member agencies, the SFCJPA is responsible for all aspects of its projects, including administration, funding, planning, design, permitting and implementation. The individual selected for the position will report to the SFCJPA Executive Director or Senior Project Manager and will be responsible for advancing projects to implementation and maintenance.

Prospective candidates for this position are encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on or before October 22, 2015. The job announcement is available here.


SAFER Bay feasibility study underway

Our Strategy to Advance Flood protection, Ecosystems and Recreation along the Bay (SAFER Bay) project is underway. We are looking at different alignments of infrastructure alternatives to protect Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and Palo Alto against extreme tides with Sea Level Rise, and working with other agencies to improve shoreline habitat and close a gap in the Bay Trail. 

In 2015, we will gather data and public comments on the potential alignments. On January 28th, the League of Women Voters hosted the first public meeting to discuss alignment alternatives.  Click here to view the slide presentation as a three minute video. In 2016, we’ll begin to design and develop an EIR of the preferred alternative for the cities of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. In the meantime, contact us and see a March 5, 2014 weekly Almanac cover story on this project.


Winter Preparedness Community Meeting: December 10 at 6:30 p.m. in East Palo Alto City Hall


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.