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Branham Lane to Blossom Hill Road (Reach 12, Upper Guadalupe River Flood Protection Project)

The Santa Clara Valley Water District and the United States Army Corps of Engineers are preparing for construction in spring 2015 on this reach between Branham Lane and Blossom Hill Road.

A pivotal component of the larger Upper Guadalupe River Flood Protection Project, Reach 12, though not prone to flooding, has available land to improve habitat along the river corridor that can offset the loss of habitat areas further downstream, where widening of the river for the overall project must occur. The year-long project will improve habitat for native fish like steelhead trout and Chinook salmon by establishing native vegetation and trees along the existing channel and stabilizing the low flow channel.

Groundbreaking May 28

Join the water district and the Army Corps in a symbolic groundbreaking of Reach 12 on Thursday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at the Guadalupe Recharge Ponds near the intersection of Sanchez Drive and Blossom Hill Road. Parking is only available on Sanchez Drive and not within the project area. 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

The 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.