Over 40" of rain (so far) in SF Creek in 2017

Following several Bay Area-wide National Weather Service flash flood warnings and minor flooding on San Francisquito Creek, the winter season is not over yet. We encourage you to follow forecasts and visit our early warning website to SIGN UP FOR FLOOD ALERTS, and see a searchable Google map of areas at risk of flooding during a storm.

To learn about what we have done and what you should do to be prepared for potential flooding, please watch a video of a community meeting with useful information and read a winter preparedness brochure sent to thousands of properties last winter. If you would like to place sandbags on your property, here is a map of local sandbag stations.


The EIR is underway

In late February, we concluded the public process regarding the scope of an Environmental Impact Report to analyze potential project elements to provide flood protection, ecosystem restoration and recreation upstream of Highway 101. See the notice announcing a Draft EIR to be completed in the fall of 2017.

Between January 18-February 1, we held four public meetings in Menlo Park, Palo Alto and East Palo Alto to hear comments on the environmental issues, project objectives, and alternatives in the planned EIR.  See a video of the first meeting, conducted jointly with the Army Corps of Engineers. 

In March, we will post a summary of comments received on the scopes of the SFCJPA EIR and a planned similar federal environmental document.  You can reach us on this project by sending an e-mail to .(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.


NEXT BOARD MEETING: August 24 at 3:30 p.m. in the East Palo Alto City Council Chambers


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.