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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.

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San Luis Low Point Improvement Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report

Project Title: San Luis Low Point Improvement Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report

Project Location: San Luis Reservoir

Review PeriodJuly 26, 2019 – September 24, 2019

Lead Agencies: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD)

State Clearing House #2002082020

Reclamation and SCVWD have made available for public review and comment the San Luis Low Point Improvement Project (SLLPIP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR). During the summer, high temperatures and declining water levels in San Luis Reservoir create conditions that foster algae growth. The water quality within the algal blooms is not suitable for municipal and industrial water users relying on existing water treatment facilities in Santa Clara County. The Draft EIS/EIR evaluates the potential impacts of alternatives to help maintain a high-quality, reliable, and cost-effective water supply for SCVWD and would ensure SCVWD receives its annual Central Valley Project contract allocations at the time and at the level of quality needed to meet its existing water supply commitments and avoid water supply interruptions. The alternatives evaluated in this EIS/EIR include construction of a new, lower San Felipe Intake, development of new technology retrofits at SCVWD’s Santa Teresa Water Treatment Plant, the placement of additional fill material on the dam embankment to raise the dam crest to increase San Luis Reservoir storage capacity, and the development of an expanded Pacheco Reservoir and a new earthen dam and spillway constructed on the North Fork of Pacheco Creek.

This Draft EIS/EIR has been prepared according to requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act. Direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts resulting from the project alternatives on the environment of the region are addressed.

Written comments on the environmental document should be received by close of business September 24, 2019, and should be sent to Melih Ozbilgin, Valley Water, 5750 Almaden Expressway San Jose, CA 95118, or via e-mail to [email protected], or faxed to (408) 266-0271.

For Further Information Contact

Nicole Johnson
Bureau of Reclamation
2800 Cottage Way, MP-1740
Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 978-5085
Email: [email protected] 

Melih Ozbilgin, Ph.D.
Santa Clara Valley Water District
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118
Phone: (408) 630-2725
Email: [email protected]

Saratoga Creek Hazard Tree Removal and Restoration Project

Project Description: Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) is proposing a phased removal of the diseased hazard eucalyptus trees within the 7.87-acre Project area over three years (2019–2021) in a series of Work Areas. An additional year may be required that would extend the work to the end of 2022. Nearly half of the eucalyptus may be accessible by mobile crane staged on the top of bank opposite the eucalyptus groves. The remaining eucalyptus would be removed using traditional climbing techniques coupled with hand-based or equipment-based transport of debris out of the creek area. No more than 50 eucalyptus trees would be removed in any season. Following tree removal, the site would be restored with native riparian trees and shrubs.

Project Location: The project is located in Santa Clara County along the reach of Saratoga Creek between Cox Avenue and Prospect High School within the City of Saratoga.

Public Review: The Draft MND will be available for public review from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Valley Water Headquarters Building (5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118) starting August 16, 2019. A copy of the Draft MND will also be available at the Saratoga Public Library reference desk (13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070).

The public comment period on the Draft MND closes at 5 p.m. on September 16, 2019.

Contact: Comments on the Draft MND should be submitted via mail or electronically, by 5 p.m. on September 16, 2019, to:

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Attention: Todd Sexauer
5750 Almaden Expressway
San José, CA 95118

For further information please contact Todd Sexauer at (408) 630-3149, or by email at [email protected].