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Between 6:00 a.m. on Dec. 11 and 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 12, the San Franciscquito Creek watershed west of Interstate 280 received over 6 inches of rain. However, in part because the ground was so dry following the drought, the Creek flow downstream of Middlefield Road during the storm equaled only about 40% of the Dec. 23, 2012 flood event. At left is a picture at West Bayshore Road at 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 11. The SFCJPA and City of Palo Alto, with the help of the Santa Clara Valley Water District and Stanford, recently installed new hardware and software to improve our flood early warning system. We are using the Dec. 11 storm to calibrate and make reliable this new technology to bring it to you soon.
Following an October 31 public meeting led by three members of the Regional Water Quality Control Board to discuss that agency’s ongoing process to permit the SF Bay-Highway 101 project, the Regional Water Board Executive Officer notified the SFCJPA on November 11 that our revised permit application is complete. The next step is the granting the project’s water quality certification, which is critical to securing all necessary permits to begin construction.
An account of the meeting appeared in the Palo Alto Weekly the following week. This meeting followed a letter of incomplete application from the Regional Water Board; the SFCJPA response to that letter can be downloaded here.
Our Strategy to Advance Flood protection, Ecosystems and Recreation along the Bay (SAFER Bay) project is underway. We are looking at different alignments of infrastructure alternatives to protect the cities of Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and Palo Alto against extreme tides with Sea Level Rise. We are also working with other agencies to improve shoreline habitat and close a gap in the Bay Trail.
In 2015, we will gather data and public comments on the potential alignments. Our first such public meeting is January 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Menlo Park’s Arrillaga Recreation Center. Later in 2015, we will design and develop an EIR of the preferred alternative for the cities of Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.
In the meantime, contact us with your comments or questions, and please see a cover story on this project from the March 5 edition of the weekly Almanac.
Next Meeting: Board of Directors, Thursday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m., Palo Alto City Council Chambers
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.
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:
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.
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.