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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.

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.

Project Review: The Draft IS/MND is available online at: 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 closes at 5 p.m. on March 19, 2021.

Comments on the Draft MND should be submitted via US mail or electronically by 5 p.m. on March 19, 2021.


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].

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 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.

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.

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.