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Task Force Priorities

Task Force Priority Issue District Staff Recommendation Board Action
1. Achieve Flood Control in a manner, which will incorporate the removal of the non-native vegetation from the Guadalupe River. Authorize the development of a sediment and vegetation removal maintenance management project between the Union Pacific Railroad and County Marina that utilizes the same approach as the upstream reaches of the Lower Guadalupe River Flood Control Project (estimated cost between $500,000 and $900,000). Direct staff to prepare a project that includes the following: Phase I, removal of 7 acres of vegetation and root mass to a depth of 4 feet on both banks of the Alviso Slough from the Gold Street Bridge to the County Marina; and then in the following year a long-term project related to bringing in salt water.
2. Have a temporary K-rail floodwall installed along the northerly levee of the County Marina and parking lot. 2a. Approve the filling-in of low spots in the northerly levee at the marina at a cost of between $50,000 and $100,000.

2b. Approve the K-rail floodwall installation at the County Marina (estimated cost of $35,000).

Approve staff recommendation numbers 2a, 2b, and 3; and direct staff to follow up with Cargill Salt relative to previous correspondence with Director Santos that expressed willingness to consider levee maintenance.

Approve staff recommendation numbers 2a, 2b, and 3; and direct staff to follow up with Cargill Salt relative to previous correspondence with Director Santos that expressed willingness to consider levee maintenance.

3. The Guadalupe River should be restored to redeem its historical and economical values, which would include restoration to the creek, wetlands and riparian corridors. Direct staff to work closely with sponsors of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project and with the community of Alviso to develop marsh restoration goals and objectives and implementation strategies. Approve staff recommendation numbers 2a, 2b, and 3; and direct staff to follow up with Cargill Salt relative to previous correspondence with Director Santos that expressed willingness to consider levee maintenance.
4. Improved management and coordination of the 17 pump stations between Highway 880 and Alviso, which are owned and operated, by the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara. At least 2 other privately owned pump stations are also known to exist. Direct staff to continue to coordinate with San Jose, Santa Clara, CalTrans, and other pump owners so that pump stations along the Guadalupe River are managed in a cooperative manner that best maximizes flood protection for all affected communities. Approve staff recommendation number 4; and direct staff to come back with analysis and a recommendation on whether the Board should pursue legislation.
5. Provide Tidal Connection between Alviso Slough and Pond A8 Not direct staff to design or install a tidal connection between Alviso Slough and Pond A-8 at time, but to pursue integration of this issue into the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Approve and direct staff to discuss prioritization and feasibility with the EAC.
6. Remove non-permitted piers and vessels from the Guadalupe River between Gold street and the County Marina. Direct staff to work with Bay Conservation and Development Commissions and the City of San Jose to remove non-permitted piers, boats, and watercraft between Gold Street and County Marina Approve staff recommendation
7. Continue to accelerate the Lower Guadalupe River Flood Control Projects with emphasis on completing the project from the Gold Street bridge to the County Marina by the end of 2004. Direct staff to continue to accelerate the construction schedule for the Lower and Downtown Guadalupe River Flood Control Projects and complete them by the end of 2004. Approve staff recommendation
8. Perform aerial inspection of the bay front and Alviso Slough levees following ten-year flood events in addition to current inspection practices. Direct staff to conduct aerial surveys of the Alviso Slough levees whenever flood flows in Guadalupe River spill through the overflow weir into Pond A-8. The cost for each occurrence would be approximately $5,000. Approve staff recommendation
9. Raise levees of the floodwalls on the landside while not adding any fencing or obstructions. Direct staff to raise the levee to within 2.5 feet of the top of the wall to improve views of Guadalupe River at a cost of approximately $90,000. Approve staff recommendation
10. Perform Geotech work and other inspections on all existing levees and perform maintenance as required. Direct staff to survey Alviso Slough levees every five years to monitor changes. Approximate cost to conduct surveys and analyze survey data is $75,000. In addition, direct staff to work closely with SBSBR project with geotechnical issues. Approve staff recommendation
11. Raise the South Bay Yacht Club. Deny the request to raise the South Bay Yacht club at a cost of $110,000.  
12. Raise 237. Direct staff to award contract to FCI Constructors Inc.