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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.

FY 2021-2025 Draft Capital Improvement Program

The Santa Clara Valley Water District’s (Valley Water) Draft Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the Fiscal Years (FY) 2021-2025 was authorized by the Valley Water Board of Directors for release to the cities and county for review on February 25, 2020. 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 will be opened on April 14, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., in the Headquarters Board Room at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, California. The hearing will be continued at the subsequent Board meeting, currently scheduled for April 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. The public hearing will close during the Board meeting on May 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The CIP is available for review on Valley Water’s website (linked below) or at Valley Water’s office at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, California.

On the dates, at the time and place as stated, 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 close of the public hearing, the Valley Water Board of Directors will adopt the FY 2021-25 CIP.

More information: Christopher Hakes, (408) 630-3796

State Flood Control Subventions Program – South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project - State Cost Share Report

Public agencies and interested community members are encouraged to review the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project, Flood Subventions State Cost Share Report posted in compliance with California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Section 572(e).

The 45-day public comment period (to gather comments and opinions from the public) begins on January 15 and ends on March 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

Senate Bill No. 881 (Wieckowski, 2018) amended the California Water Code to add Section 12749.99 authorizing the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project (Shoreline Project), Phase I to receive funding from the State Flood Control Subventions Program, which is administered by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). The State Cost-Share Report has been prepared to review and address DWR’s requirements under the Flood Control Subventions Program. Valley Water is required to prepare this nonfederal cost-sharing report and post it for public comment to help ascertain the appropriateness of the report and the proposed state contribution to the Shoreline Project, Phase I. The recommended state cost share is a baseline 50%, plus recommended percentage increases for multipurpose objectives, up to a maximum total state contribution of 70%. This report evaluates the proposed improvements to determine if they are sufficient to meet the threshold requirements for significant contributions for two multipurpose objectives, including habitat restoration and recreation.

Please submit comments in writing not later than March 2, 2020,by 5:00 p.m. to:

Rachael Gibson
Deputy Administrative Officer,
Office of Government Relations
Valley Water
5750 Almaden Expressway,
San Jose, CA 95118

More information
Rachael Gibson, (408) 265-2600

Almaden Lake Improvement Project Draft Environmental Impact Report

Project DescriptionThe Santa Clara Valley Water District is proposing the Almaden Lake Improvement Project at Almaden Lake Park in the City of San José. The Project would separate Alamitos Creek from Almaden Lake within the footprint of the lake, in order to improve physical habitat for native fish and passage for anadromous fish, while improving water quality and minimizing impacts to existing recreational features in the Park. The proposed improvements would include modification of the existing contour of Almaden Lake, with restoration of a creek channel within the existing lake area. Other measures would protect the existing lake area to support habitat and recreational beneficial uses, while promoting the water quality objectives laid out by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board in its 2018 Basin Plan amendment.

Public Review: This Draft EIR (DEIR) is available to local, state, and federal agencies, and to interested  organizations and individuals, who may want to review and comment on the analysis provided, for a 45-day period (Dec. 13, 2019 - Jan. 27, 2020). Notice of this DEIR has also been sent directly to every agency, person, or organization that commented on the NOP.

During the public comment period, written comments on the adequacy of the DEIR may be submitted by 5 p.m., Jan. 27, 2020 to:

Michael Martin
Santa Clara Valley Water District
5750 Almaden Expressway
San José, CA 95118

Comments may also be submitted electronically via email to Michael Martin ([email protected]). During this 45-day review period, copies of the DEIR will be available for public review at the following locations:

  • Santa Clara Valley Water District Office, located at 5750 Almaden Expressway, San José
  • Public libraries
    • Almaden Branch Library, 6445 Camden Avenue, San José
    • Vineland Branch Library, 1450 Blossom Hill Road, San José
    • Pearl Avenue Branch Library, 4270 Pearl Avenue, San José
    • Edenvale Branch Library, 101 Branham Lane East, San José
    • Cambrian Branch Library, 1780 Hillsdale Avenue, San José
    • Santa Teresa Branch Library, 290 International Circle, San José

The District will also hold a public meeting to receive oral comments on the adequacy of the analysis included in the DEIR. The meeting will be held on:

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020
  • Time: 6 p.m.
  • Location: Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters, Board Room, 5700 Almaden Expressway, San José, CA 95118

For additional information, or a CD copy of the document, please contact Michael Martin at
(408) 630-3095.

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]