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Saratoga Creek Hazard Tree Removal and Restoration Project

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About This Project

The first phase of Valley Water’s Saratoga Creek Hazard Tree Removal and Restoration Project will remove non-native eucalyptus trees along Saratoga Creek between Prospect High School and Cox Avenue. This project is similar to the work Valley Water completed in April 2018, when twenty-six unhealthy eucalyptus trees were removed from the same creek area. The project is Valley Water’s commitment to protecting our environment by restoring habitat along creeks.

The health of the eucalyptus trees surrounding the creek is concerning and poses a safety risk to the neighborhood. Valley Water is pursuing permits from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the City of Saratoga to remove 104 eucalyptus trees along the creek. The work is expected to start fall 2019 and is anticipated to occur over three years during the months of August through October 2019 – 2021.

The eucalyptus trees’ health has declined due to the multi-year drought, the presence of wood-boring insects, and wood decay fungi throughout the grove. Certified arborists determined that these trees need to be removed to mitigate the potential risks to property, wildfire and flooding. These non-native trees along with other invasive species can degrade habitat quality and the creek’s overall ecological value.

Following each tree removal phase, Valley Water will replant the section of creek with native riparian vegetation. The visual impact will be temporary as the new plants mature and the natural beauty of the creek becomes visible.

The Saratoga Creek Hazard Tree Removal and Restoration Project was approved, and the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration was adopted on February 12, 2020, along with a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program. Findings of a Mitigated Negative Declaration were made on February 12, 2020. A Notice of Determination was filed with the County of Santa Clara Clerk-Recorder’s Office on February 18, 2020. These documents are available for your review.

- Final Mitigated Negative Declaration

- Findings of a Mitigated Negative Declaration
- Notice of Determination

- Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
 

Previous documents

Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Saratoga Creek Hazard Tree Removal and Restoration Project is available for public review. The Draft MND can also be accessed online at:

http://www.valleywater.org/PublicReviewDocuments.aspx.

The public comment period on the Draft MND closed on September 16, 2019. The final MND and accompying documents are available for review by clicking on the above links.

The Draft MND evaluates environmental impacts. A copy of the legal notice is available.

For further information please contact Todd Sexauer at (408) 630-3149, or by email at [email protected].

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Natural bank erosion contributes to the instability of eucalyptus trees in the reach at Saratoga Creek.

 

Project information and materials

The presentation from the May 15 and 16, 2019 meetings is available for your viewing. Recordings of the meetings are also available below. A map of the project site is available. 

A frequently-asked question document (spring 2019) is available for your review.

Based on the comments received during our public engagement process, Valley Water staff has developed a follow up frequently-asked question document (summer 2019) available for your review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated August 2019