Celebrating Safety from the Bay to Hwy. 101

We have completed the flood protection features along San Francisquito Creek between SF Bay and Highway 101. As described on a two-page fact sheet, this project now protects areas of East Palo Alto and Palo Alto at and downstream (east) of Highway 101 from flooding (including future sea level rise), creates marsh habitat and recreational opportunities, and enables additional flood protection work upstream (west) of Highway 101. Please join us at an event on December 14 to celebrate this major milestone for our communities.

By the end of December, we will open the creekside trails that had been closed during construction, as shown on this map. And in the first half of 2019, we will install benches and interpretive signs along those trails.


Summary of October public workshops

Our Upstream of Hwy. 101 project Draft EIR is anticipated to be available for public comment in the fall of 2018. Thank you to all of you who participated in our public workshops and bus tour in October 2017. Click here for a summary of these workshops compiled by our outside facilitator.

The input collected will supplement work to advance the Draft Environmental Impact Report of a project to provide flood protection, ecosystem restoration and recreation. Here is summary of public comments received during the public scoping period in January and February of 2017.  Feel free to contact us regarding this project at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


See the SAFER Bay Feasibility Report

Our Strategy to Advance Flood protection, Ecosystems and Recreation along the Bay (SAFER Bay project) will evaluate infrastructure alternatives to protect Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and Palo Alto against extreme tides with sea level rise, and enhance shoreline habitat and trails.  We want to know what you think.

CLICK HERE to read the October 2016 Feasibility Report of project objectives, approach, and findings for East Palo Alto and Menlo Park (a similar study of alternatives to protect and enhance Palo Alto will be completed in 2017).  From November to January, with the East Palo Alto and Menlo Park city councils, the Salt Pond Restoration Project, and the Citizen’s Committee to Complete the Refuge, we gathered additional ideas. We soon will begin design and develop an EIR.  Please contact us to receive the Feasibility Report’s appendices and to learn more about SAFER Bay, and see an Almanac cover story on this project.


What We Do

The SFCJPA is an independent regional government agency founded by three cities and two countywide agencies divided by San Francisquito Creek and united by its watershed and floodplain. We lead projects along the creek and S.F. Bay that reduce a proven flood threat, enhance ecosystems and recreational opportunities, and connect our communities. We receive funding from the agencies listed below, as well as federal, state and private sources.

Public Meetings

The SFCJPA Board meets frequently throughout the year, and agency staff host and participate in discussions with community groups, city councils, and others. Please join us at a meeting listed below:

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The SFCJPA and its partners produce a wealth of information on all aspects of the watershed and our plans to improve it. To learn more, click on one of the links below.

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Know Your Watershed

The links below will give you a better perspective on the Watershed, our place in it, and opportunities to get involved to appreciate and improve this incredible natural resource.