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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.

Design Level Geotechnical Investigations for the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (California Public Resources Code Sections 21000 et seq.) and CEQA Guidelines (Title 14, California Code of Regulations, Sections 15000 et seq.), the Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) prepared an Initial Study (IS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the Design Level Geotechnical Investigations (Project) that would inform the proposed Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project. Based on the IS, Valley Water has identified mitigation measures that would ensure the Project would not have a significant effect on the environment and it has prepared a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND). This Notice of Intent to adopt an MND for this Project has been prepared on behalf of Valley Water, in accordance with CEQA Guidelines Section 15072.

 


Project Title: Design Level Geotechnical Investigations for the Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project


Project Description: To assist with the design and planning of the proposed Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project, up to 150 subsurface exploratory borings (to include 120 initial borings and 30 supplemental borings for a total of 0.19 acre temporary disturbed area) are proposed to obtain essential information on subsurface geologic and geotechnical conditions. In addition, a total of 32 test pits (i.e., 0.37 acre total temporary disturbed area) are proposed as part of the Project to explore a potential borrow area for dam core zone material for the design and construction of the proposed Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project. The Project also proposes two types of non-disturbance linear surface geotechnical investigations within the Project study area to include seismic refraction and electrical resistivity. One electrical resistivity survey would be performed across the valley bottom within the upstream portion of the proposed dam. In addition, 19 seismic-refraction lines totaling approximately 16,890 linear feet are proposed at multiple locations.


Project Location: The proposed project is located within, adjacent to, and in the vicinity of the existing Pacheco Reservoir, and along State Route 152 (SR-152) from Kaiser-Aetna Road to the site entrance located approximately one mile east of Kaiser-Aetna Road on the north side of SR-152. Pacheco Reservoir is located along North Fork Pacheco Creek and upstream of the North Fork Dam (near 37.05022,-121.291754), roughly equidistant between the cities of Gilroy and Los Banos. The existing reservoir is located approximately one-half mile north of SR-152 in eastern Santa Clara County, California.

Public Review: The Draft IS/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 José, CA 95118) starting June 17, 2024. Copies of the Draft IS/MNDwill also be available at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library reference desk located at 150 E San Fernando Street, San José, CA 95112; and at the Gilroy Library reference desk located at 350 W Sixth Street, Gilroy, CA 95020. The Draft IS/MND can also be accessed online at https://www.valleywater.org/public-review-documents. The public comment period on the Draft IS/MND closes at 5 p.m. on July 19, 2024.


Contact: Comments on the Draft IS/MND should be submitted to Todd Sexauer via mail or electronically via email by 5 p.m. on July 19, 2024.


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


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

Coyote Creek Flood Protection Project

Full Notice of Preparation 

NOTICE OF PREPARATION AND SCOPING MEETING
Subject: Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report
Project Title: Coyote Creek Flood Protection Project
Project Location: San Jose, Santa Clara County, California.
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2023


The Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) is the Lead Agency and will prepare an
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Coyote Creek Flood Protection Project (CCFPP,
project, or proposed project) described below. Responsible and trustee agencies and other interested
agencies, organizations, and individuals are invited to provide written comments on the scope and
content of the Draft EIR.


The project description, location, and the potential environmental effects are described in this Notice of
Preparation. An Initial Study was not prepared.


Due to the time limits mandated by State law, your response must be provided at the earliest possible
date but not later than 30 days after receipt of this notice. Please include your name and contact
information to receive further information on this project or to allow Valley Water to reach you if there
are questions on your comments.


A scoping meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at Franklin McKinley
School District (Boardroom), 645 Wool Creek Dr., San Jose, and online via Zoom at:
https://valleywater.zoom.us/j/86495914100. Meeting ID: 864 9591 4100. Call in: (669) 900-9128. One
tap mobile: +16699009128,,86495914100# US (San Jose).


Please send your comments to:

Attention: Andrew Martin, Planner
Santa Clara Valley Water District
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

Contact phone: (408) 630-2160
Contact email: [email protected]

Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project

What: Revised Notice of Availability of Draft EIR; Notice of In-person and Virtual Public Information Meeting to Solicit Comments on the Draft EIR

When: October 4, 2023, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

Where: Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, Hiram Morgan Hill Room, 17000 Monterey Hwy, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Zoom link: https://valleywater.zoom.us/j/87331718480

Webinar ID: 873 3171 8480, Call in #: +16699009128, ID: 87331718480#

Why: Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water), as the lead agency for the proposed Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project (Project), has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate environmental impacts of the Project. To review or download the following:

The proposed Project is located at Anderson Reservoir and areas along Coyote Creek in Santa Clara County, California. Anderson Reservoir is Valley Water’s largest water storage facility, but due to seismic restrictions has not been able to operate to full capacity since 2009.

The Project involves retrofitting and upgrading Anderson Dam and its associated facilities to meet public safety requirements by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and California Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD). Specifically, the Project will correct dam safety deficiencies that were identified between 2008 and 2016. The Project would allow Valley Water to maximize water supply and related benefits, while avoiding and minimizing environmental impacts. The Project also includes decommissioning the hydroelectric facility at the dam, implementing Conservation Measures along Coyote Creek to avoid and minimize adverse impacts, and conducting habitat and species monitoring during construction.

Upon completion of the dam seismic retrofit, Anderson Reservoir will return to its original storage capacity. For post-construction operations, the Project includes: implementing of Fish and Aquatic Habitat Collaborative Effort Phase 1 reservoir releases (flow measures) at the retrofitted Anderson Dam facility, continuing maintenance of the dam once the retrofit has been completed, operations and maintenance of Conservation Measures, and implementing an adaptive management program to monitor and adaptively manage reservoir releases and Conservation Measures to assure that they achieve their objectives.

The Draft EIR identified significant environmental impacts for the following resource topics: aesthetics, air quality, biological resources (wildlife and terrestrial resources), cultural resources, hydrology, geology and soils, groundwater, water supply, water quality, greenhouse gases, hazards and hazardous materials, noise and vibration, public services, recreation, transportation, tribal cultural resources, and wildfire. Many of these impacts were determined to be less than significant after implementing proposed mitigation measures. However, significant impacts would remain significant and unavoidable for the following resource topics: aesthetics, air quality, biological resources (wildlife), hydrology, water quality, and noise. The Project would not be located on a hazardous waste site listed under Government Code Section 65962.5.

Public Review: Valley Water has released the Draft EIR on the Project for public review beginning on September 1, 2023 and ending on November 8, 2023. The Draft EIR is also available for in-person review during normal business hours at:

  • Valley Water, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San José, CA 95118
  • City Clerk of the City of Morgan Hill, 17575 Peak Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
  • City of Morgan Hill Library, 660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Contact: Written comments on the Draft EIR should be submitted electronically or by mail by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023. Written comments can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to: 

Tiffany Chao, Senior Environmental Planner
 Santa Clara Valley Water District
5750 Almaden Expressway, San José, CA 95118.

For additional information, please contact Tiffany Chao at (408) 630-3107.

Pipeline Maintenance Program (PMP)

NOTICE OF PREPARATION – Extended response date of November 22, 2023 provided to match dates shown in the newspaper public notice
From: Santa Clara Valley Water District 5750 Almaden Expressway, San José, CA 95118
Subject: Notice of Preparation of a Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report
Project Title: Pipeline Maintenance Program (PMP)
Project Location: Santa Clara County, and limited portions of San Benito and Merced Counties, California.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) will be the Lead Agency and will prepare a Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Pipeline Maintenance Program (PMP or Project). Responsible and trustee agencies, and other interested agencies, organizations, and individuals, are invited to provide written comments on the scope and content of the Draft EIR.

The project description, location, and potential environmental effects are contained in the attached materials. An Initial Study was not prepared.

Due to the time limits mandated by State law, your response must be sent at the earliest possible date but not later than Thursday, November 16 22, 2023. Please include a name and contact information, to receive further information on this proposed Project, or in the event there are questions.

A scoping meeting will be held at 2:30 pm on November 2, 2023, online via Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85198951440 or dial by phone: 1-253-205-0468, Meeting ID: 851 9895 1440


Please send your comments to:

Michael F. Coleman, ACIP
Environmental Planner
Valley Water
5750 Almaden Expressway San José, CA 95118
(408) 630-3096
[email protected]

 

Documents
Notice of Preparation 
Notice of Preparation website posting
State Clearing House Number

Coyote Pumping Plant Adjustable Speed Drive Replacement Project

What:           Public Hearing on Engineer’s Report and CEQA Exemption Determination

When:          Tuesday, November 22, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

Where:         Valley Water Headquarters Building Boardroom, 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA

Or by Zoom Teleconference at https://valleywater.zoom.us/j/84454515597

Valley Water invites you to a Public Hearing regarding the Coyote Pumping Plant Adjustable Speed Drive Replacement Project (Project). The proposed work of improvement is described in the Engineer’s Report for the Project. The Engineer’s Report is available for public inspection prior to the meeting in the Clerk of the Board’s Office or online at https://valleywater.org/public-review-documents and will be available at the meeting. 

A copy of this Notice has been posted outside Valley Water’s offices at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118.

The scope of work for the Project includes the rehabilitation of existing pump motors, and the replacement of associated mechanical, electrical and instrumentation equipment. This includes, the replacement of existing adjustable speed drives (ASD), pump vibration monitoring equipment, hydraulically operated pump discharge valves, power distribution equipment, and obsolete PLC and RTU hardware and pumps control panels at the Coyote Pumping Plant (District 1).Completion of this project will modernize and extend the useful life of major equipment, and allow for reliable and efficient operation.

At the time and place fixed for the public hearing, the Board of Directors will receive comments on the Engineer’s Report and the CEQA exemption determination for the Project and consider approving the Project’s CEQA exemption determination in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. After considering the comments on the Engineer’s Report, the Board will decide whether or not to proceed with the Project.

This meeting is being held in accordance with the Brown Act. The 1:00 PM, November 22, 2022, public hearing will be held during a Board Meeting and is accessible for public in-person participation at the time, date, and location shown above, or by public virtual participation at the Zoom link above.  Document(s) associated with this hearing are available for public inspection prior to the meeting in the Clerk of the Board’s Office or online at www.valleywater.org, and will be available at the meeting. 

For more information, contact Katrina Jessop at (408) 630-2288 and/or Brandon Ponce at (408) 630-2787.

 

Important Notices:

Valley Water, in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), requests individuals who require special accommodations to access and/or participate in Valley Water Board meetings to please contact the Clerk of the Board's office at (408) 630-2711, at least 3 business days before the scheduled Valley Water Board meeting to ensure that Valley Water may assist you. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate persons with disabilities.

Calabazas Creek Bank Rehabilitation Project

Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) has approved the Calabazas Creek Bank Rehabilitation Project (proposed project) on September 14, and a Notice of Determination is posted according to CEQA Guidelines Section 15075.

Project Description: Valley Water is proposing bank rehabilitation at 10 sites where creek banks have eroded. Bank rehabilitation work totals approximately 1,535 linear feet and 0.5 acre of work across approximately 0.7 mile of Calabazas Creek between Miller Avenue (downstream end) and Bollinger Road (upstream end) in Cupertino. Generally, two bank rehabilitation treatments would be applied: riprap bank protection and sheet pile walls. Riprap bank protection involves the placement of large rocks or boulders along the bank to stabilize the bank, whereas sheet pile walls involve installation of vertical, metal walls to protect the bank from further erosion. Work would generally be conducted in three phases for each site: 1) site preparation, 2) bank protection, and 3) site restoration. Following the bank rehabilitation work, the project area would be revegetated and restored pre-project conditions to the maximum extent practicable.

Project Review: NOD will be posted for thirty days (until October 20th, 2021) on the Valley Water’s website at https://www.valleywater.org/public-review-documents. The NOD is also posted at the County of Santa Clara Clerk Recorder Office and the Office of Planning and Research (OPR).

Contact: Valley Water
Attention: Alex Hunt
5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

For further information please contact Alex Hunt at (408) 630-3007, or by email at [email protected]

Continued Implementation of Two Long-term Management Plans for the Rancho Cañada de Pala Preserve

Project Description: Santa Clara Valley Water District is proposing a project to continue to implement two long-term management plans (LTMPs) for the Rancho Cañada de Pala Preserve.

The purpose of the LTMPs is to ensure the preserve is monitored, maintained, and managed in a manner that preserves its conservation values. The LTMPs consist of biological resource management and monitoring, livestock grazing management, non-native plant species management, infrastructure and facilities maintenance, routine road maintenance activities, and site improvements for the preserve.

The LTMPs include construction of site improvements (e.g., bank repairs and retaining wall rehabilitations) as needed to further improve existing conditions and facilitate
long-term management of the preserve.

Activities associated with the future site improvements could involve minor grading, excavation and fill, vegetation trimming, construction site isolation and staging, removal and replacement of degraded infrastructure.

Typical equipment that may be used for future site improvements may include dump trucks, excavators, portable water tanks, power tools and hand crews and other construction equipment as needed.

Contact:

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Attention: Tiffany Chao
5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

For further information please contact Tiffany Chao at (408) 630-3107, or by email at [email protected].

Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Draft Fiscal Years 2025-2029 Five-Year Plan

Program Description
The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a projection of Valley Water’s capital funding requirements for planned capital projects. The purpose of the CIP is to document planned Valley Water projects and help integrate Valley Water work with the larger community by aligning Valley Water planning with other local agency planning efforts.

The CIP Draft Fiscal Years (FY) 2025-29 Five-Year Plan, approved by Valley Water’s Board of Directors on February 27, 2024, projects funding requirements between fiscal years 2024/25 through 2028/29 and includes 73 projects totaling $9.55 billion, which includes prior expenditures in the amount of $2.15 billion. Approximately 13 percent of this amount, $1.2 billion, is anticipated to be funded by outside sources through reimbursements and cost-sharing partnerships. The program includes water supply, flood protection, water resources stewardship, buildings and grounds and information technology projects.

Projects in the CIP will improve, repair, replace, or construct infrastructure. There are 37 Water Supply projects ($7.23 billion), 15 projects to increase flood protection ($1.94 billion), 13 environmental restoration, enhancement and mitigation projects ($222 million), 3 projects to repair or maintain Valley Water buildings and grounds ($96 million), and 5 projects to upgrade or expand existing information technology ($66 million).

Public Review
Valley Water (Santa Clara Valley Water District) Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Draft Five-year Plan for the Fiscal Years 2025–2029 was authorized by the Valley Water Board of Directors (Board) for release to the cities and county for review on February 27, 2024. It includes a description, schedule, and map for each of the capital improvements Valley Water plans to undertake over the next five years, a financial analysis and a method of financing such improvements.

A public hearing regarding the CIP is scheduled on April 9, 2024, at 1:00 p.m., in the chambers of the Board at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, California. The hearing will continue at the subsequent Board meeting, currently scheduled for April 23, 2024 at 1:00 p.m., the subsequent Special Budget Hearings scheduled for April 24, 2024, at 5:00 p.m., and if needed, April 25, 2024, and conclude at the Board Meeting scheduled for May 14, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. The CIP is available for review online in the link below. A chapter-by-chapter breakdown can be viewed on the Capital Improvement Program web page.

During the dates, times and location mentioned above, any representative of the cities or county where Valley Water operates, or any person interested in Valley Water’s activities in constructing capital improvements, may, in person or by representative, appear and submit evidence concerning the subject of said CIP.

Following the public hearings, the Valley Water Board of Directors will adopt a resolution to approve the Capital Improvement Program FY 2025-2029 Five-Year Plan.

Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Draft Fiscal Years 2025-29 Five-Year Plan

Pacheco/Santa Clara Conduit Right-of-Way Acquisition Project

Project Description: The project would include acquisition of easements and or installing/constructing one new path at the Santa Clara Conduit (SCC) Vault Site 8; and or installation/construction of gravel collars, driveways, gates, signs; and/or implementation of new travel routes near some of the 37 vaults on the existing PC and SCC conduits, as specified in the draft IS/MND.

Valley Water would obtain easements from private landowners near ten (10) vault locations and construct one new gravel path to provide all-weather access from the existing driveway at State Route 152 to SCC Vault Site 8. Valley Water also proposes implementation of 23 new off-road travel routes for more efficient travel and access to the vaults.

New gravel collars would be installed around the top (ground level) of 20 existing vaults to allow for safe access by maintenance personnel. The gravel collars would generally measure 32 feet by 32 feet or smaller.

Valley Water would construct five new driveways to provide access from public roads to the vault locations. Valley Water would construct one new sign. Sixteen new gates would also be constructed at 12 separate site locations near public roads to provide controlled access to vaults.

These improvements (obtaining easements and new construction) will allow new operational methods of pipeline and vault access and maintenance in areas where existing access is currently limited. The use of Valley Water all-terrain vehicles would reduce or minimize the impacts from larger vehicles during periods of wet or limiting conditions.

Project Review: The Draft IS/MND will be posted electronically for review on the Valley Water’s website at https://www.valleywater.org/public-review-documents. The NOI will also be posted at the County of Santa Clara Clerk Recorder Office, the County of San Benito County Clerk Recorder Office, and the State Clearinghouse. Due to the current shelter in place order, hard copies of the Draft IS/MND will not be available for public review.

The public comment period on the Draft IS/MND will run for 30 days upon Valley Water electronic posting of the document beginning Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. During this public review period, Valley Water will accept written hard copy and electronic comments on the project.

Comments on the Draft MND should be submitted via US mail or electronically. The public comment period closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.

Download the Engineer's Report

Contact: Valley Water
Attention: Michael F. Coleman, AICP
5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

For further information please contact Michael F. Coleman at (408) 630-3096, or by email at [email protected]

Public hearing on Engineer’s Report and CEQA Exemption Determination on the Anderson Dam Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Compliance Project

WHAT: Public hearing on Engineer’s Report and CEQA Exemption Determination

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - Item is time certain at 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Teleconference Zoom

The proposed work of improvement is described in the Anderson Dam Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Compliance Project Engineer’s Report. 

The objective of the Anderson Dam Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Compliance Project is being proposed to comply with an order from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which requires Valley Water’s immediate implementation of risk reduction measures to protect the public from risk of dam failure due to seismic activity, and development and implementation of necessary avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures. The proposed project would (a) allow Valley Water a way to safely, reliably and expeditiously draw down Anderson Reservoir (Reservoir) and maintain the Reservoir at a required lower elevation; (b) minimize risks associated with exceeding the restricted Reservoir level and an undersized outlet structure by constructing a new, low-level outlet; (c) prioritize the interim downstream protection of residents and property; and (d) minimize the public health and safety and environmental impacts of reservoir drawdown.

At the time and place fixed for the public hearing, the Board of Directors will receive comments on the Engineer’s Report and the CEQA exemption determination for the Project and consider approving the Project’s CEQA exemption determination in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act. After considering the comments on the Engineer’s Report, the Board will decide whether or not to proceed with the Project. 

For more information about this hearing or this Project, contact Yogesh Prashar at (408) 630-2323 and/or Bal Ganjoo at (408) 630-3117.


IMPORTANT NOTICES 
This meeting is being held in accordance with the Brown Act as currently in effect under the State Emergency Services Act, the Governor’s Emergency Declaration related to COVID-19, and the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 issued on March 17, 2020 that allows attendance by members of the Board of Directors, District staff, and the public to participate and conduct the meeting by teleconference, videoconference, or both. 

Members of the public wishing to address the Board during a video conferenced meeting on this item listed on the agenda, should use the “Raise Hand” or “Chat” tools located in Zoom meeting link listed on the agenda. Speakers will be acknowledged by the Board Chair in the order requests are received and granted speaking access to address the Board. 

Santa Clara Valley Water District (District), in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), requests individuals who require special accommodations to access and/or participate in District 

Board meetings to please contact the Clerk of the Board’s office at (408) 630-2711, at least 3 business days before the scheduled District Board meeting to ensure that the District may assist you. 

Fish and Aquatic Habitat Collaborative Effort Program Final Environmental Impact Report

WHAT:  Notice of Availability of Final EIR; notice of public meeting to certify the Final Program Environmental Impact Report

WHEN:  August 8, 2023, 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  HQ. Bldg. Boardroom, 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118-3686 (In-Person) or https://valleywater.zoom.us/j/84454515597 (Zoom Meeting).

Valley Water has completed a Final Program EIR for the FAHCE Project, which is located in Santa Clara County. The Final Program EIR was prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the State CEQA Guidelines (Cal. Code Regs., § 15000 et seq.).

Project Description:

The proposed FAHCE project implements a Fish Habitat Restoration Plan, and includes restoration measures specified in a 2003 FAHCE Settlement Agreement intended to resolve a water rights complaint filed with the State Water Resources Control Board. The proposed project includes both flow measures (reservoir re-operations rule curves) and non-flow measures such as fish barrier remediation, and measures to increase spawning and rearing habitat.

Project Objectives:

  • Restore and maintain a healthy steelhead population in the Stevens Creek watershed through measures specified in the Settlement Agreement.
  • Restore and maintain healthy steelhead and Chinook salmon populations in the Guadalupe River watershed through measures specified in the Settlement Agreement.
  • Maintain flexible and reliable groundwater recharge to support current and future water supply and water deliveries in a practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner so that sufficient water is available for any present or future beneficial use.
  • To help attain the Settlement Agreement’s overall management objective to restore and maintain healthy steelhead trout and salmon populations in the Guadalupe River, Stevens Creek, and Coyote Creek watersheds; to adaptively manage all specific FAHCE Settlement Agreement flow and non-flow measures in all three watersheds; and to effectively mitigate adverse fisheries and habitat impacts that may result from Valley Water’s ongoing water supply facilities and operations.

The Final Program EIR identified significant environmental impacts related to: terrestrial biological resources, cultural resources, tribal cultural resources, paleontological resources, and noise. Significant impacts of non-flow measures on special-status species, and on riparian and other sensitive natural communities, and paleontological resources would be reduced to less than significant levels with the
implementation of mitigation measures. The proposed project non-flow measure impacts on cultural resources, tribal cultural resources, and noise would remain significant and unavoidable. None of the non-flow measures are proposed on hazardous waste sites listed under Government Code § 65962.5.

The Final Program EIR may be viewed at https://www.valleywater.org/project-updates/publicreview-documents. The Final Program EIR is also available for in-person review at the Valley Water headquarters located at: 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118.

For additional information or a CD copy of the Draft EIR, please contact Mr. Ryan Heacock at (408) 265-2600 or email at [email protected]

Freedom Bridge Removal Project

Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) has approved the Freedom Bridge Removal Project (Project) on August 25, 2022, and a Notice of Determination is posted according to CEQA Guidelines Section 15075.

Project Description: The Project involves removal of an existing pedestrian bridge across San Tomas Aquino Creek and associated structures. Project implementation has been divided into two phases: Phase I, which includes the removal of the existing bridge structure and Phase II, which includes the removal of bridge abutments and associated re-grading and re-paving of the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail and the Valley Water levee maintenance road in the vicinity of the abutments. The Freedom Bridge is an approximately 125-foot long steel beam span bridge resting on concrete abutments built on constructed levee slopes. The paved San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail is located on the western side of the bridge, and a Valley Water levee maintenance road is located on the eastern side.

Project Review: The Draft IS/MND was 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) from April 4, 2022 through May 10, 2022 (extended from May 3, 2022). A copy of the Draft IS/MND was also made available at the at the Central Park Library reference desk (2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, CA 95051). No comments were received on the Draft IS/MND, and revisions were made to the Final IS/MND only for clarification purposes.

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Attention: Abby Annicchiarico

5750 Almaden Expressway

San Jose, CA 95118

[email protected]

For further information, please contact Abby Annicchiarico at 408-630-2456, or by email at [email protected].

Canal Maintenance Program

The environmental review for the Canal Maintenance Program has begun! In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the State CEQA Guidelines, the Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water)—the CEQA Lead Agency—has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) in connection with Valley Water’s proposed Canal Maintenance Program. The NOP provides a brief description of the project, including the canals and canal maintenance activities, and the potential environmental effects of the project. The NOP is available for public review and can be accessed online: https://www.valleywater.org/public-review-documents

The NOP initiates the CEQA process and EIR scoping period through which Valley Water will refine the scope of issues and environmental information that should be included in the Draft EIR. The Draft EIR will evaluate the possible environmental impacts of the project and identify mitigation measures and project alternatives that avoid, minimize, or reduce the project’s adverse environmental effects.

Valley Water is seeking input from public agencies, members of the public, and other interested parties on the scope of issues and content of the environmental information that should be included in the Draft EIR.

 

How To Provide Comments: Comments should be submitted by mail or via email at the earliest possible date, but no later than Monday, February 12, 2024.

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Attn: Kelly White, Environmental Planner
5750 Almaden Expressway, B-1244
San Jose, CA 95118
Email: [email protected]
Subject Line: CMP Scoping Comments

Public Scoping Meeting: Valley Water will hold a public scoping meeting at 5:30p.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2024. Participants may attend in-person (Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118), via Zoom (https://valleywater.zoom.us/j/85129173252) or phone (1-669-444-9171). Webinar ID: 851 2917 3252