Moving forward to protect and restore

After working for 35 months to secure state and federal environmental regulatory permits, and the past 5 months to comply with them, project construction is now underway. This begins with PG&E’s construction of a new footing for, and the relocation of, a large electrical tower, which will be followed closely by work to build new levees and floodwalls and by PG&E moving and improving its gas transmission pipeline. Because our regulatory permits greatly limit the months in which we can work, project construction will last through 2018. 

The $41.35 million cost for construction, utilities relocation and environmental mitigation is provided by six agencies, including the SFCJPA and each of its five member agencies listed below. For more information, click here to view and download a document recently mailed to nearby properties, attend one of our public meetings, and check back here for updates.


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.


Feasibility study drafted

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 enhance the Bay Trail. 

By August 30, we intend to begin presenting our recommended alternatives for the Menlo Park and East Palo Alto portions of the project at City Council meetings in those cities. Then, we will begin to design and develop an EIR of the alternatives. Our study of the feasible alternatives to protect Palo Alto from Bay flooding is also underway and will be completed this fall. To learn more about the project, please contact us and see a March 5, 2014 weekly Almanac cover story on this project.


NEXT MEETING: Board of Directors, July 28, 4:00 PM, Menlo Park 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.