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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.

Board Agenda Item Annual Work Study Sessions of the Board’s Governance Policies
Board Meeting July 27 & 29, 2015
Documents

Attachments 1-15 [PDF 8MB]

Attachment 1: Agenda Item Slide Presentation
Attachment 2: Governance Process Policies
Attachment 3: Board-BAO Linkage Policies
Attachment 4: Ends Policies
Attachment 5: BAO Interpretations of the Ends Policies
Attachment 6: Executive Limitations
Attachment 7: Board-Requested Policy Topics
Attachment 8: Information: Nepotism Policy
Attachment 9: Information: Sponsorship Policy
Attachment 10: Information: Policies for Election of Chair and Vice Chair
Attachment 11: Information: Campaign Financing - Example Spending Limits Program
Attachment 12: Board Committee Policy Topics
Attachment 13: Public Policy Topics
Attachment 14: BAO Interpretations of the Executive Limitations
Attachment 15: Glossary

Description

In accordance with Board Governance Policy GP-4, “To govern consistent with Board policies,
the Board will conduct an annual review of the Board Governance Policies and adopt new or
revised policies by the end of September”, the Board annually reviews its policies during work
study sessions to ensure its policies accurately reflect the Board’s values and perspectives.
These sessions provide the Board an opportunity to publicly review and update its policies, as necessary.

Contact: Karna DuQuite: kduquite@valleywater.org; or Mike Heller: mheller@valleywater.org

Project Penitencia Delivery Main and Penitencia Force Main Seismic Retrofit Project
Review Period June 22 - July 22, 2015
Documents

Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

Appendix A (Visual Impact Assessment)

Appendix B (Construction Emissions)

Appendix C (Noise and Vibration)

Description

The proposed project would retrofit the existing Penitencia Delivery Main, Penitencia Force Main, and South Bay Aqueduct pipelines near the Penitencia Creek Landslide toe area with compression pipe. The compression pipe will be designed to accommodate both the creep and seismically-induced movements of the landslide over a 50-year design life. The proposed project is located within the water district’s property between Grossmont Drive and Vista del Mar.

The water district has prepared a Draft Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) for the proposed Penitencia Delivery Main and Penitencia Force Main Seismic Retrofit Project and has determined that the project would not result in significant environmental impacts with the incorporation of the proposed mitigation. The water district has filed a Notice of Intent to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for this project to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The proposed project is not located on a site that is included on a list enumerated under Section 65962.5 of the Government Code.

The Draft IS/MND and all supporting information are available for review at the District office listed below. Written comments may be mailed to Karl Neuman, Associate Civil Engineer, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San José, CA 95118, or submitted via e-mail to kneuman@valleywater.org. Comments received by 5 p.m., July 23, 2015, will be addressed in the final report for final project consideration.

Documents are available for review at the following locations:

  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters Building – Reception Area, 5700 Almaden Expressway, San José

  • Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Avenue, San José
Contact: Karl Neuman, Associate Civil Engineer, (408) 630-3059

Project Lower Penitencia Creek Improvements Project
Review Period  June 12 - July 11, 2015
Documents

Notice of Preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Report

Notice of Completion & Environmental Document Transmittal

Description

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will prepare a draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Lower Penitencia Creek Improvements Project. The proposed project is located in a developed area in the city of Milpitas, Santa Clara County, California. Lower Penitencia Creek flows northward to Coyote Creek and ultimately drains into San Francisco Bay. The upstream limit of the proposed project is at San Andreas Drive bridge, just upstream of Lower Penitencia Creek’s confluence with Lower Berryessa Creek. The downstream limit of the proposed project is at the creek’s confluence with Coyote Creek. The total length of the potentially affected creek channel is about 5,000 linear feet. Land uses adjacent to the channel include commercial and residential development. The proposed Project involves constructing a number of channel improvements (e.g. creating/expanding floodplains, relocating levees, raising levees, constructing floodwalls on levees, raising or lengthening existing bridges, clearing the channel of accumulated sediment and vegetation, and constructing new access roads) to meet the following project objectives:

  • Convey the Lower Berryessa Creek 1-percent design flow;
  • Meet required water surface elevations at Coyote Creek and Berryessa Creek confluences;
  • Minimize the need for seasonal removal of sediment and non-woody vegetation;
  • Maintain existing Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accreditation along the east levee located between California Circle and Berryessa Creek; and
  • Enable FEMA certification of the improvements.

In 2011, the water district prepared the Lower Berryessa Program EIR; this was a program level EIR for the planned capital improvements to all of the Lower Berryessa Creek Program elements. The 2011 Program EIR (State Clearinghouse Number 2007092084) evaluated environmental consequences of improvements to Lower Penitencia Creek at a programmatic level of detail. The water district certified the Lower Berryessa Creek Program Final EIR in December 2011. The water district now plans to prepare a project EIR for the proposed improvements to the Lower Penitencia Creek element based on the detailed information about the proposed improvements now available. The project EIR will analyze alternatives for proposed improvements to Lower Penitencia Creek, will incorporate by reference the information and analyses from the 2011 EIR, and will build upon and update that information. Once the draft EIR is completed, it will be made available for a 45-day public review and comment period. Copies of the draft EIR will be sent directly to those agencies commenting on the NOP, and will also be made available to the public at a number of locations, including the water district headquarters building and public libraries in the area. Information about availability of the draft EIR will also be posted on the water district’s website http://www.valleywater.org/PublicReviewDocuments.aspx.

 This NOP initiates the CEQA process through which the water dstrict will refine the range of issues and project alternatives to be addressed in the draft EIR. Comments are invited on the proposal to prepare the project EIR and on the scope of issues to be included in the EIR.

Please submit any comments by July 11, 2015 to James Manitakos, jmanitakos@valleywater.org.

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

Project Hendrys Creek Restoration Project
Public Hearing June 9, 2015
Documents

Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration

Description

At the June 9, 2015 Santa Clara Valley Water District Board meeting, the Board of Directors will consider the potential environmental effects of the implementation of the Long-term Management Plan for the Hendrys Creek Property as discussed in the Hendrys Creek Restoration Project Final Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) prepared by the lead agency, Mid-peninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD). The Board will adopt a resolution making responsible agency findings pursuant to CEQA in order to use the MND prepared by MROSD for the District’s approval of a Memorandum of Agreement to acquire a conservation easement in connection with the Hendrys Creek property. The MND was posted by the lead agency, MROSD, with a Public Comment period that ran from March 20, 2015 to April 20, 2015.

Contact: Lisa Porcella, Environmental Services Manager, (408) 630-2741

Project Lower Penitencia Creek and Penitencia East Channel Trail Project
Board Meeting April 14, 2015
Documents

Milpitas Response to SCVWD Comments, Addenda, Final EIR, Draft EIR Milpitas Transit Area
Specific Plan
[PDF 43 MB]

Description

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors will consider entering into a joint use agreement with the City of Milpitas to allow public recreational use of district property along Lower Penitencia Creek between Montague Expressway and Great Mall Parkway, and along Penitencia East Chanel from the confluence of Lower Penitencia Creek to upstream of McCandless Drive, and will consider the potential environmental effects of the Lower Penitencia Creek and Penitencia East Channel Trail project as discussed in the Transit Area Specific Plan’s Environmental Impact Report and addenda, prepared by the City of Milpitas as the Lead Agency.

Contact: Deputy Operating Officer Liang Lee, 408-630-2927

Project Wolfe Road Recycled Water Facilities
Public Hearing March 24, 2015
Documents

Wolfe Road Recycled Water Facilities Engineer's Report

Description

The objectives of this project are to expand the recycled water distribution system in the City of Sunnyvale, provide service to the Apple Campus 2 by October 2016, and extend service to the City of Cupertino so as to support District Board's policy and goals relative to recycled water.

A Public Hearing to consider the Engineer’s Report for the Wolfe Road Recycled Water Facilities project will be held at the regular meeting of the Santa Clara Valley Water District's Board of Directors on March 24, at 6 p.m. at the water district Headquarters Board Room (5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118).

Contact: Project Manager: Debra Butler, 408-630-2036

Project Santa Clara Valley Water District California Aqueduct Reverse Flow Project
Public Hearing   March 10, 2015
Documents

Public Hearing Notice
California Aqueduct Reverse Flow Project Engineer’s Report

Description

The objective of the California Aqueduct Reverse Flow Project is to enable water delivery of a portion of Santa Clara Valley Water District’s banked supplies from Semitropic Water Storage District. The proposed work is described in the Santa Clara Valley Water District California Aqueduct Reverse Flow Project Engineer’s Report.

An Engineer’s Report for a Reverse Flow Project was approved by the district’s Board of Directors on October 14, 2014. Since that approval, the project has undergone additional modifications which include a proposed increase in water delivery and installation of additional temporary infrastructure at an additional location. The proposed expanded project is described in the Engineer’s Report.

Contact: Project Manager Gary Ohea, 408-630-3742

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

Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report

Description

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

Project Information Systems Master Plan
Board Meeting Feb. 10, 2015
Documents

Final Information Systems Master Plan

Description

The Information Systems Master Plan (ISMP) was developed By Pacific Technologies, Inc. in 2011-2012 to guide the district’s Information Technology (IT) practices and projects through FY18. The impetus for the analysis was the asset management planning that the district had undertaken for other divisions and extended to IT. The intended outcomes of the ISMP were reduced complexity, reduced redundancy, and increased integration.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors will consider the above described project on Feb. 10, 2015 at the water district Headquarters Board Room (5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118). The documents are also available for review at the water dstrict's Headquarters building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 10, 2015

Contact: Lydia Rossiter, 408-630-3083

Project Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Reliability Project
Public Hearing Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Documents

(UPDATED)

Final Environmental Impact Report

Description

The Santa Clara Valley Water District proposes to improve the existing water treatment train at the aging Rinconada Water Treatment Plant (RWTP) to improve drinking water quality and reliability of operations. The project proposes demolition/removal of many of the existing treatment facilities and processes and reconstruction of a new state-of-the-art water treatment facility within the existing water treatment plant property, while keeping the plant running at all times. The four principal modifications to the RWTP are as follows:

  1. Addition of raw water ozonation facilities and processes;
  2. Replacement of the existing water clarification process/facilities with conventional flocculation and sedimentation processes with plate settlers;
  3. Removal and replacement of the water process filters; and
  4. Increase in plant capacity from 80 million gallons per day (mgd) to a maximum of 100 mgd to provide an increase in peaking capacity for plant reliability.
Contact: Michael F. Coleman, 408-630-3096, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA

Project  South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Study Phase 1 Project
Review Period Dec. 19, 2014 - Feb. 2, 2015 - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 23, 2015
Documents

Download DEIS/DEIR documents here

Description

The water district is the lead agency under CEQA for the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Phase I Study (Project). The California Coastal Conservancy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are partners in developing the Project. The Project would provide protection from tidal flooding with sea level rise to the area between Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek. Once flood protection is provided for the area, the former salt ponds in the area can be restored to tidal wetlands.

Contact: Michael Martin, 408-630-3095, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA