The JPA is developing a regional comprehensive plan for both the waters that flow into San Francisquito Creek and onto San Francisco Bay (its watershed) and the waters that threaten our communities from the Creek and from Bay tides (our floodplains). Within the context of this plan, the JPA is leading the local effort on four major projects. Working our way upstream from the Bay, we are planning, designing, and soon constructing capital projects to eliminate risk to over 8,400 properties and the need for many of them to pay premiums to the National Flood Insurance Program. Integral to this effort is our work with Caltrans on their project to replace the Highway 101 crossing over the Creek. And while we are designing and implementing local projects without waiting for a federal government solution, we continue to keep open the possibility of federal support through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. You can learn more about these projects in the brief descriptions below and by clicking on the links at left.
S.F. Bay to Highway 101
This initial capital project will increase creek flow capacity to protect people and property from creek and Bay flooding along a critical urban section of San Francisquito Creek, from San Francisco Bay to Highway 101.
Caltrans Highway 101 project
Caltrans is replacing the U.S. Highway 101 (and frontage roads) crossing over San Francisquito Creek to improve traffic flow, and they have agreed to improve Creek flow while they are at it.
Upstream of U.S. Highway 101
The SFCJPA is now leading an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process to analyze the potential impacts and mitigation measures for project alternatives to provide 100-year flood protection and ecosystem and recreational enhancements upstream of Highway 101. Most of those project alternatives are currently in the design phase.
Corps of Engineers Feasibility Study
Authorized by Congress, the San Francisquito Creek Feasibility Study is led by the Army Corps of Engineers with the SFCJPA as the Local Sponsor. Underway since 2005, its goal is to produce a federal plan that addresses flooding and ecosystem concerns. The projects above are being pursued by the SFCJPA before the Feasibility Study is completed and are intended to become part of the Study when it is finalized.