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Valley Water Board Chair Tony Estremera statement on Earth Day

April 22, 2021
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The Valley Water Board of Directors is proud to join people worldwide who are recognizing and supporting Earth Day.

Valley Water’s mission is to provide Santa Clara County with a reliable supply of safe, clean water, natural flood protection and environmental stewardship. Our agency continues to support Earth Day goals in a variety of ways, including development of a Climate Change Action Plan, equitable community engagement, and a robust water conservation program to help address the current drought, among other efforts.

Valley Water has been preparing for drought by investing in technology and infrastructure, including the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project, upgrading and maintaining our pipelines and water treatment plants and expanding the use of recycled and purified water.

This year’s Earth Day theme is “Restore Our Earth.” With that in mind, I would like to highlight one of our most recent projects, the creation of a new wetland at Lake Silveira and restoration of a section of Llagas Creek as part of the Upper Llagas Creek Flood Protection Project. Valley Water is also rehabilitating habitat through the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration.

As part of our mission, Valley Water is committed to equity and environmental justice to provide for the fair treatment and meaningful engagement of all people. We are dedicated to making a net positive impact on the environment and providing benefits equitably across all communities.

Valley Water remains committed to taking actions that help protect the environment on Earth Day and all year round.

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.