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Public Review Documents

The following documents are subject to public review.  Please feel free to download these documents.  Pay special  attention to the review period for each document.  If you would like to submit comments, send an email to the project manager noted for each project.

Project Penitencia and Santa Teresa Water Treatment Plants Solar Project
Review Period Oct. 2 - Nov. 2, 2015

Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration (NOI)

Draft CEQA Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND)



The Santa Clara Valley Water District (water district), in conjunction with the Power and Water Resources Pooling Authority (PWRPA), is proposing to install, operate, and maintain solar photovoltaic (PV) power generating facilities at the Penitencia and Santa Teresa Water Treatment Plants (WTPs) located in San José, Santa Clara County, California. The purpose of the project is to
provide the water district with renewable energy at the Penitencia and Santa Teresa WTPs.

The Project Objectives include: 

  • Promoting the District’s goal to achieve its Water Resources Stewardship Objective 4.3.1 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon  neutrality by 2020
  • Facilitating PWRPA’s compliance with the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) mandate
  • Providing a potential long-term economic benefit to the water district customers and ratepayers
  • Providing a supplemental source of energy for the WTPs

Comments on the Draft MND should be submitted via mail or electronically, by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2015 to:

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Attention: Michael F. Coleman, AICP (Environmental Planner)
5750 Almaden Expressway, D-2017
San Jose, CA 95118

Contact: Michael F. Coleman, Environmental Planner, (408) 630-2833

Project Upper Berryessa Creek Flood Risk Management Project
Review Period Sept. 25 - Nov. 12, 2015

Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Report


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the sponsor of the proposed Upper Berryessa Creek Flood Risk Management Project. The Water District is the local partner and is cooperating with USACE on project funding, planning, design, and implementation. The proposed project would consist of enlarging the existing earthen trapezoidal channel of Upper Berryessa Creek; replacing the existing outdated Union Pacific Railroad trestle; constructing channel access roads and fencing; adding rock riprap to the channel bed to prevent erosion; and installing transition structures at the Calaveras Boulevard, Los Coches Street, Yosemite Drive, and Ames Avenue bridges. The project extends from Calaveras Boulevard in Milpitas to Interstate 680 in San Jose and would provide flood protection for residents, businesses, and infrastructure within the Upper Berryessa Creek Watershed in the cities of Milpitas and San Jose. The Project objectives are:

Objective 1: Reduce flood damages from Berryessa Creek upstream of Calaveras Boulevard throughout the study reach during the 50-year period of analysis beginning in 2017. Completed project would meet FEMA certification standards in all 4 project reaches.
Objective 2: Use environmentally sustainable design practices in addressing the flood risk management purpose of the project wherever possible within the study reach, including taking advantage of restoration opportunities that may be pursued incidentally to the flood damage reduction purpose.
Objective 3: Be consistent with Berryessa Creek Flood Risk Management Project Plan selected by USACE in the Director’s Report of May 29, 2014.

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the Water District, as the lead agency for the project, prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to evaluate environmental impacts of the proposed Project. The DEIR analyzes the potential for the proposed project to result in environmental impacts in the following topic areas: aesthetics; air quality; agriculture and forestry; biological resources; cultural resources; geology, soils, and mineral resources; greenhouse gases and energy use; hazardous materials; land use and planning; noise; population and housing; public services; recreation; transportation and traffic; utilities and service systems, and hydrology and water quality. The DEIR evaluates the level of significance of potential environmental impacts and identifies measures that could be implemented to reduce or eliminate environmental effects. The DEIR finds that all project impacts can be reduced to a less than significant level through application of feasible mitigation measures, except in the following areas:

  • Construction emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a criteria air pollutant, at a project level;
  • Construction emissions of NOx at a cumulative (regional) level;
  • Construction emissions of greenhouse gases; and
  • Generation of construction nose.

The DEIR has been circulated for public and agency information, involvement and comment for a 45-day period. Individuals and agencies are encouraged to provide comments on the DEIR. The public review period for this DEIR begins on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 and closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2015. A copy of the DEIR will be available for review from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters Building, 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118. The DEIR can be viewed at the following locations:

  • Milpitas Library, 160 N. Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035
  • City of San Jose Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Avenue, San Jose, CA 95132

Comments on the DEIR must be submitted in hard copy or via email no later than November 12, 2015 to:

Santa Clara Valley Water District
5750 Almaden Expressway, D-2017
San Jose, CA 95118

Contact: James Manitakos, Environmental Planner, (408) 630-2833

Project Penitencia Delivery Main and Penitencia Force Main Seismic Retrofit Project
Public hearing  September 22, 2015, 6 p.m.

The proposed work of improvement is described in the Penitencia Delivery Main and Penitencia Force Main Seismic Retrofit Project (Project) Engineer’s Report. The Engineer's Report and Mitigated Negative Declaration are on file at the Clerk of the Board of Directors, 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, California, or by clicking on the "Engineer's Report" or "Mitigated Negative Declaration" link above.

The objective of this Project is to perform a seismic retrofit of the Penitencia Delivery Main, Penitencia Force Main, South Bay Aqueduct and if necessary, the Penitencia Vault and Finished Water Meter Vault, to accommodate both the slow creep and potentially extensive seismically-induced movements of the Penitencia Creek Landslide. This Project would rehabilitate existing infrastructure to assure reliable water supply operations for the next 50 years.

At the time and place fixed for the public hearing, the Board of Directors will receive comments on the Engineer’s Report and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Project and also consider adopting the project’s Mitigated Negative Declaration prepared in accordance with California Environmental Quality Act. After considering the comments on the Engineer’s Report and Mitigated Negative Declaration, the Board will decide whether or not to proceed with the Project.

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate persons with disabilities wishing to attend this public hearing. For additional information on attending this hearing including requesting accommodations for disabilities or interpreter assistance, please contact the Office of the Clerk of the Board at (408) 265-2607, ext. 2277, at least three business days prior to the hearing.

Contact: For information on the project, contact Karl Neuman, Associate Civil Engineer, (408) 630-3059

Project Fish and Aquatic Habitat Collaborative Effort (FAHCE) Program and Fish Habitat Restoration Plan
Review Period  Jan. 30, 2015 - March 2, 2015

Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report


The FAHCE Initialed Settlement Agreement (FAHCE) includes the development and implementation of a fisheries habitat restoration plan for North county streams with water supply reservoirs. The fisheries habitat restoration plan identifies specific and programmatic actions to support the overall management objectives to “restore and maintain healthy steelhead trout and salmon populations as appropriate to each of the Three Creeks, by providing (A) suitable spawning and rearing habitat within each watershed, and (B) adequate passage for adult steelhead trout and salmon to reach suitable spawning and rearing habitat and for out-migration of juveniles.”

The draft EIR will identify and evaluate possible environmental impacts of the Program and develop strategies to avoid, reduce, or compensate for any significant impacts. As the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Santa Clara Valley Water District has determined that the Program may have a significant impact on the physical environment, and has decided to prepare a draft EIR to provide opportunity for public participation in the planning and decision making process. The purpose of the draft EIR process is to develop and assess a recommended plan and alternatives for the program and to avoid and mitigate significant adverse effects on environmental resources.

Contact: Tiffany Hernandez, 408-630-3094