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.
The partnership between the Corps and water district 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.
May groundbreaking kicks off construction phase
Officials from the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers on May 28 celebrated the groundbreaking of Reach 12, touting its importance to the community even in this time of drought.
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