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The following documents are subject to public review.  Please feel free to download these documents.  Pay special  attention to the review period for each document.  If you would like to submit comments, send an email to the project manager noted for each project.

If there are no documents listed below, there are none currently out for review.

Calero Dam Seismic Retrofit Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report

Project Title: Calero Dam Seismic Retrofit

Project Location: Santa Clara County, California

Scoping Meeting: July 18, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

Notice of PreparationCalero Dam Seismic Retrofit Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report

The Santa Clara Valley Water District (District) is the Lead Agency and will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the above-listed Project. The District is seeking input from your agency about the scope and content of the environmental information needed for your agency to fulfill its statutory responsibilities regarding with the proposed Project. Your agency will need to use the draft EIR prepared by the District when considering your permit or other approval for the Project.

The Project description, location, and the potential environmental effects are contained in the attached materials.

The District will also hold a scoping meeting to provide an additional opportunity for public input on the scope and content of the information to be addressed in the draft EIR.

Please send your response to: Ryan Heacock

Santa Clara Valley Water District
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118
(408) 630-3202 [email protected]

Please provide the name of a contact person in your agency.

California Water Fix- Authorization to Execute Agreements, Designation of District Representative, and Adoption of CEQA Findings

Project Title: California Water Fix- Authorization to Execute Agreements, Designation of District Representative, and Adoption of CEQA Findings

Review PeriodWednesday, May 17, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018

DocumentsNotice of Determination for the California Water Fix EIR

What: WaterFix Alternative 4A (WaterFix) would construct new north Delta intake structures, fish screens, and new conveyance facilities. The objective of the project is to increase water supply reliability and align water operations to better reflect natural seasonal flow regime. The new facility will reduce State Water Project (SWP) and Central Valley Project (CVP) reliance on existing diversion facilities located in the southern area of the Delta. This alternative allows for greater operational flexibility to protect fish species and specifies extensive habitat restoration as compensatory mitigation resulting from likely impacts of construction and operations. Key elements of WaterFix Alternative 4A include:

  • Three new intakes on the east bank of the Sacramento River in the northern Delta between Clarksburg and Courtland;
  • Three 13.5 mile tunnels connecting these intakes to a new 30-acre intermediate forebay;
  • Two 30-mile long tunnels conveying water from the forebay to a new pumping plant connected to an expanded and modified Clifton Court Forebay.

From the Clifton Court Forebay water would be transported to existing SWP and CVP pumping plants located in the south Delta. The total maximum north Delta diversion intake capacity would be 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).

Why: The California Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), certified the Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR), adopted Findings of Fact, a Statement of Overriding Considerations, and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program; and filed a Notice of Determination on July 21, 2017 for the WaterFix. Santa Clara Valley Water District (District) Board of Directors adopted Resolutions 18-23 and 18-24 authorizing the District’s support of and participation in the Waterfix and making Responsible Agency findings, adopting a mitigation monitoring and reporting program, and adopting statements of overriding considerations for the project.

Public Review: The review period for The Notice of Determination is through June 15, 2018.

The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for WaterFix with comments and responses and a record of project approval, is on file at: California Department of Water Resources, 901 P Street, Fourth Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814 or online the DWR website at:

Contact: For further information please contact Frances Brewster at (408) 630-2723, or by email at [email protected].

Uvas Creek Levee Rehabilitation Project

Project Title: Uvas Creek Levee Rehabilitation Project

Review Period: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to Friday, June 8 2018.

Documents:        Notice of Intent to Adopt Negative Declaration
                             Draft Initial Study and Negative Declaration
                             Appendix A

What: The proposed Uvas Creek Levee Rehabilitation Project (Project) would reconstruct an approximate 4,550-foot portion of the existing levee along the northern bank of Uvas Creek on District and City-owned parcels in the City of Gilroy. Rebuilding the levee would consist of placing suitable excavated and imported material in compacted layers until as built grades are achieved. Erosion control matting would be embedded within the rebuilt levee slope and covered with additional fill material until as-built grades are achieved. Soil nails, staples, or earth percussion anchors would be used to secure the erosion control matting. In addition, the District proposes to repair any damage to the existing recreational trail atop the levee from construction equipment and hydroseed the rebuilt levee surface with a native grass seed mix. The proposed project would restore the levee to as-built conditions.

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, as the lead agency for the Project, has prepared a Draft Negative Declaration (ND) to evaluate environmental impacts of the proposed Project. The Draft ND did not identify potentially significant environmental impacts on the environment. Impacts associated with the proposed Project were determined to be less than significant.

Public Review: The Draft ND will be available for public review from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters Building (5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118) for 30-days starting May 9, 2018. A copy of the Draft ND will also be available at the Gilroy Library reference desk at 350 West 6th Street in Gilroy, CA 95020. The Draft ND can also be accessed online at: The public comment period on the Draft ND closes at 5 p.m. on June 8, 2018.

Contact: Comments on the Draft ND should be submitted via mail or electronically, by 5 p.m. on June 8, 2018, to:  

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Attention: Tim Tidwell
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

For further information please contact Tim Tidwell at (408) 630-3003, or by email at [email protected].

2018 State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

The  2018 State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Review Draft is available for public review.

Comment period: April 16 through May 16, 2018

Complete draft plan, including chapters and instructions:

From the Cal OES website

This draft represents comprehensive and valuable input provided by State Hazard Mitigation Team members and stakeholders, and includes the following: updated risk assessment information for the state; disaster history and statistics; recent mitigation progress, success stories, and best practices; updated goals and objectives; updated strategies and actions; and other related content.

The State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, represents the state’s primary hazard mitigation guidance document, and provides an updated and comprehensive description of California’s historical and current hazard analysis, mitigation strategies, goals and objectives. More importantly, the SHMP reflects the state’s commitment to reduce or eliminate potential risks and impacts of natural and human-caused disasters in keeping California’s families, homes and communities better prepared and more disaster resilient.

The State of California is required under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, to review and update its SHMP and resubmit for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approval at least once every 5 years to ensure the continued eligibility for certain types of Stafford Act and National Flood Insurance Reform Act funding.

FEMA approval of the 2010 SHMP enabled California to receive approximately $135.2 million in Public Assistance grant funding and $33.8 million in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding between January 2010 and December 2012. Without a FEMA-approved SHMP, California would not have received these funds. Continued eligibility of California’s SHMP as an “enhanced plan” allows the state to receive increased funding of up to 20% of the Stafford Act authorization in mitigation grant funds following a federally declared disaster.

For information regarding the 2018 State of California Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan contact:

Megan Walton
Hazard Mitigation Planning Division
[email protected]