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Branham Lane to Blossom Hill Road (Reach 12)

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is working with the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers to restore habitat along the Guadalupe River from Branham Lane to Blossom Hill Road, a stretch known as Reach 12 of the Upper Guadalupe River Flood Protection Project.

This partnership is geared toward protecting more than 7,500 properties along s 5.7 mile stretch of the river from the effects of a 100-year flood. Such an event has a 1 percent chance of occurring in any given year.

Though Reach 12 has enough water carrying capacity and is not prone to major flooding, it has available land to create additional habitat along the river corridor that can offset the loss of habitat areas further downstream, where widening of the river for the overall flood protection project must occur.



  1. Vegetation terraces
  2. Planting of native vegetation
  3. Additional in-stream gravel
  4. Additional in-stream wood and rock structures
  5. Maintenance roads and ramps
  6. Potential creekside trail access

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The Santa Clara Valley Water District and the Army Corps of Engineers will hold a pre-construction meeting on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Pearl Avenue Branch Library, 4279 Pearl Avenue in San Jose.

This meeting offers the public an opportunity to hear from the project teams of both agencies about the upcoming work, slated to begin in late May. Some of the topics the agencies will review include the benefits of the project, construction schedule and traffic and noise impacts. Following the presentation, staff will hold a question and answer session. Please confirm your attendance at this meeting at

For more information on this project as it relates to funding from the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Plan, click here or contact water district Engineering Unit Manager Ngoc Nguyen at 408-630-2632.