Valley Water is making sure Coyote Creek and the Coyote Percolation Ponds in Morgan Hill have enough water while construction takes place at Anderson Reservoir.
By adding a 7,100-foot-long section to the Cross Valley Pipeline, Valley Water will be able to provide up to 22,000 gallons a minute of water directly to Coyote Creek just downstream of Santa Clara County’s Ogier Ponds. That means more water for wildlife and vegetation and for the Coyote Ponds, also known as the Metcalf Ponds. The water in these ponds percolates down into the groundwater aquifer below, which helps the groundwater system stay healthy.
Anderson Reservoir is normally the source of water for Coyote Creek and the ponds. But the reservoir’s levels are low due to the federal government’s 2020 order to keep water levels to 3 percent of the dam’s capacity, so this pipeline extension is necessary to keep the creek and the ponds fed with water.
The project is funded by the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.
Valley Water is repaving streets
Beginning in mid-March and weather permitting, Valley Water will resurface stretches of Kalana, San Bruno and Dougherty avenues and a small section of Monterey Highway in San Jose. The paving work is being redone as it did not meet up to Valley Water standards. The deficient road conditions followed the installation of the 7,100-foot long segment to the Cross Valley Pipeline.
Please keep us informed of any additional project concerns. Valley Water will continue to monitor and repair areas as needed by contacting the project's neighborhood liaison, Tony Mercado, at [email protected] or 408-630-2342.
Environmental & Community Benefits
- More reaches of Coyote Creek will stay wet during construction of Anderson Dam
- Maintain aquatic habitat for wildlife and vegetation
- Continued groundwater recharge
The Cross Valley Pipeline is an important part of getting water to your drinking water taps. The pipeline starts at the Coyote Pump Station in Morgan Hill and carries untreated water to the Calero Reservoir in south San José. From there, the water is pumped through our Almaden Valley Pipeline to the Santa Teresa Water Treatment in San José where it’s treated so you can enjoy safe, clean drinking water.