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E2: Emergency Response Planning*

About This Project

This project allows Valley Water to work with local municipalities to clearly identify roles and responsibilities for floodplain management and flood emergency management and increase awareness of the Valley Water's flood response procedures. The project supports countywide emergency response and preparedness activities, develops communication procedures and disseminates web-based flood forecasting information developed under Project C2, Emergency Response Upgrades. Collaborators also develop formal, site-specific flood response procedures or action plans (flood-fighting strategies), and coordinate outreach throughout the county so that the public receives uniform flood warning messages.

This project is comprised of 2 sub-projects that support the Valley Water's ongoing emergency response planning. Refer to Appendix B in the 5-Year Implementation Plan for project descriptions. These sub-projects are:

  • E2.1 Coordination with Local Municipalities on Flood Communication

  • E2.2 Flood-Fighting Action Plans


*This project was voter approved as part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.

Emergency Response Planning
On Target
Start FY 2014 / Finish FY 2028
Safe, Clean Water Fund ($3.9 million)
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Key Performance Indicators for the Safe, Clean Water Program

KPI #1: Coordinate with agencies to incorporate Valley Water-endorsed flood emergency procedures into their Emergency Operations Center plans.

E2.1: Coordination with Local Municipalities on Flood Communication 

  • In Q1 of FY21, Valley Water began meeting with the City of San Jose to accomplish the annual update to the Joint Emergency Action Plan. Valley Water staff from vegetation management, engineering maintenance support, emergency management and others attended meetings accordingly and will continue this effort into Q2.
  • At the September 17th San Francisquito Joint Powers Authority meeting, Valley Water’s Office of Emergency Services & Security reported out on the latest activity regarding the Valley Water internal document for San Francisquito Creek and the upcoming annual Winter Preparedness Symposium, which will be a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • San Francisquito Emergency Action Plan: Valley Water took input from the City of Palo Alto and the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and incorporated it into the updated Valley Water San Francisquito Emergency Action Plan. The final version has executive sign-off and been posted to Valley Water’s website

  • As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Valley Water had to postpone the tabletop exercises with the City of Morgan Hill and City of Gilroy that were scheduled for the spring of 2020. Once the current emergency subsides, this effort will be prioritized for resourcing accordingly.

  • On January 9th, Valley Water and the City of San Jose personnel met at Ross Creek at Cherry Avenue. The meeting was an exercise (test) of the new internal Valley Water response procedure that is an appendix to the Joint Emergency Action Plan (JEAP). The exercise held an emphasis on Roles & Responsibilities and Communication protocol.

  • On January 16th, Valley Water and the City of San Jose personnel met for a table-top exercise (test) at Valley Water’s headquarters. This is an annual event since 2017 that is designed to exercise (test) the JEAP as agreed upon in 2017 by both agencies. All opportunities for improvements are captured in an After-Action plan, a document that codifies work elements for continuous improvement of the JEAP.

KPI #2: Complete 5 flood-fighting action plans (1 per major watershed).

E2.2: Flood-Fighting Action Plans 

  • San Tomas Aquino Creek (West Valley Watershed) 
    The development of the San Tomas Aquino flood response plan began in Q3 of FY20, and is moving along as planned. The process has included two cycles of stakeholder reviews in Q4 and staff anticipates gaining executive approval and final completion by November 2020.
  • West Little Llagas Creek Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and Uvas Creek EAP (Uvas/Llagas Watershed)
    The updates for both of these EAPs have been completed and both have been posted to Valley Water's website

  • San Francisquito Creek EAP (Lower Peninsula watershed) 
    The update for this plan is complete and approved. This plan has been posted to Valley Water's website

Updated October 2020

For more information:

Reports & Documents

No current documents. 

Environmental & Community Benefits

Key Performance Indicators for the Safe, Clean Water Program

  1. Coordinate with agencies to incorporate Valley Water-endorsed flood emergency procedures into their Emergency Operations Center plans. 

  2. Complete 5 flood-fighting action plans (1 per major watershed). 


  • Reduces flood damage

  • Provides effective coordinated response to storm-related emergencies

  • Improves community awareness about flood risks

Geographic Area of Benefit



History & Background

About the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program

In November 2012 the voters of Santa Clara County overwhelmingly approved Measure B, the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, as a countywide special parcel tax for 15 years with a sunset date of June 30, 2028. This Program replaced the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan, which voters approved in November 2000.

The Safe, Clean Water Program was developed with input from more than 16,000 residents and stakeholders and was created to match the community’s needs and values. The voters of Santa Clara County identified five priorities:

Priority A: Ensure a Safe, Reliable Water Supply

Priority B: Reduce Toxins, Hazards and Contaminants in our Waterways

Priority C: Protect our Water Supply from Earthquakes and Natural Disasters

Priority D: Restore Wildlife Habitat and Provide Open Space

Priority E: Provide Flood Protection to Homes, Businesses, Schools and Highways

Other: Six projects from the Clean, Safe, Creeks Plan have been carried forward into the Safe, Clean Water Program.  

Each year, Valley Water prepares a report providing a progress update for each of these Program priorities, along with fiscal year accomplishments.

To ensure transparency and accountability to the voters, the ballot measure also created an Independent Monitoring Committee, appointed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. The Independent Monitoring Committee annually reviews the Program’s progress to ensure the outcomes are achieved in a cost-efficient manner and reports its findings to the Board.

In addition, the Program requires three independent audits, the first of which was conducted in FY 2017.

View the Safe, Clean Water Program’s annual reports, annual IMC audit reports, and independent audits, including a staff response, on the Valley Water website.