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Valley Water and San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board reach agreement on Upper Berryessa Creek Flood Risk Management Project

February 01, 2021
Upper Berryessa Creek Flood Protection

Following a series of fruitful discussions between leaders at Valley Water and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board), the agencies have successfully resolved a lawsuit and all disputes relating to the permit for the Upper Berryessa Creek Flood Protection Project.

As part of the agreement, the agencies will collaborate on permit applications and other regulatory processes for future Valley Water projects that the Regional Board would review. The mutual goal is to improve coordination and communication and provide for more timely resolution of issues that arise between the agencies.  

Valley Water and the Regional Board are determined to find common ground on important projects that provide flood protection and benefit aquatic resources.

The Upper Berryessa Creek Flood Risk Management Project in San Jose and Milpitas, which was completed in 2018, protects hundreds of homes and the new BART Station from potentially catastrophic flooding.  

More information on the project is available on the Valley Water website.


Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 2 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 285 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 294 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.