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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.

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. 

FY 2021-2025 Draft Capital Improvement Program

On February 25, 2020, the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s (Valley Water) Board of Directors authorized the release of the Draft Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the Fiscal Years (FY) 2021-2025 and it was transmitted to the Town of Los Gatos and all cities within Valley Water’s jurisdiction, the County of Santa Clara, the San Jose Water Company, and the Mid-Peninsula Open Space District for review. 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.

The public hearing, originally scheduled for April 14, 2020, was rescheduled for April 28, 2020, for time certain at 6:00 p.m. and will be remotely accessible (https://scvwd.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx). The Valley Water Board of Directors adjusted the public meeting schedule to best accommodate public safety and engagement, while adhering to California Governor’s order to shelter at home and practice social distancing to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The hearing will be continued at the subsequent Board meeting, currently scheduled for April 29, 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]
 

Countywide Water ReUse Master Plan

Palo Alto Flood Basin Tide Gate Structure Replacement Project - CEQA Mitigated Negative Declaration

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.), an Initial Study of the Palo Alto Flood Basin Tide Gate Structure Replacement Project on Project was prepared to evaluate environmental impacts. Based on the Initial Study, it has been determined that a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) is the appropriate level of review. This is a Notice of Intent to adopt an MND for this project in accordance with CEQA Guidelines Section 15072.

Project Title: Palo Alto Flood Basin Tide Gate Structure Replacement Project

Project Description: Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) is proposing to replace the existing Palo Alto Flood Basin tide gate structure in order to maintain flood protection in the communities surrounding the flood basin and along the U.S. Highway 101 corridor. The Project would involve construction of a new 132-foot-wide tide gate structure slightly inboard (upstream) and southeast of the existing 113-foot-wide deteriorating tide gate structure, removal of the existing tide gate structure and levee, and construction of a new levee that ties into the new tide gate structure. Construction of the Project would occur in two phases with separate dewatering systems to allow continued operation of a tide gate throughout construction. Specific project elements include up to 2.3 miles of levee trail resurfacing (for access); installation of two sheet pile dewatering systems; construction of the new tide gate structure on a concrete foundation supported by drilled piles; demolition and removal of the existing tide gate structure and levee; and construction of a new levee connecting to the new tide gate structure. Construction would span up to 5 years but would be limited to September 1 through January 31 annually to avoid and minimize impacts on biological resources.

Project Location: The project is located in Santa Clara County in the northwest corner of the Palo Alto Flood Basin in the City of Palo Alto.

Public Review: The Draft MND is available online under the "Reports & Documents" tab at: https://www.valleywater.org/pafbtidegates or below:

Due to the current shelter in place order, hard copies of the Draft MND will not be available for public review. The public comment period on the Draft MND closes at 5 p.m. on October 15, 2020.

Contact: Comments on the Draft MND should be submitted via mail or electronically, by 5 p.m. on October 15, 2020 to:

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Attention: Alex Hunt
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118
[email protected]
For further information, please contact Alex Hunt at 408-630-3007, or by email at [email protected]

Calabazas Creek Bank Rehabilitation Project - CEQA Mitigated Negative Declaration

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.), an Initial Study of the Calabazas Creek Bank Rehabilitation Project was prepared to evaluate environmental impacts. Based on the Initial Study, it has been determined that a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) is the appropriate level of review. This is a Notice of Intent to adopt an MND for this project in accordance with CEQA Guidelines Section 15072.

Project Title: Calabazas Creek Bank Rehabilitation Project

Project Description: Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water) is proposing bank rehabilitation at 10 sites where creek banks have eroded. Bank rehabilitation work totals approximately 1,555 linear feet and 0.54 acre of work across approximately 0.7 mile of Calabazas Creek between Miller Avenue (downstream end) and Bollinger Road (upstream end) within the City of 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 restored to a natural, riparian habitat to the maximum extent practicable.

Project Location: The project is located in Santa Clara County along the reach of Calabazas Creek between Miller Avenue and Bollinger Road within the City of Cupertino.

Public Review: The Draft MND can be accessed online at: https://www.valleywater.org/CalabazasCreekRP or below. Due to the current shelter in place order, hard copies of the Draft MND will not be available for public review. The public comment period on the Draft MND closes at 5 p.m. on October 19, 2020.

Contact: Comments on the Draft MND should be submitted by 5 p.m. on October 19, 2020, either electronically to [email protected] or via mail to:

Santa Clara Valley Water District
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].