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Public Review Documents

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, click on "Access Valley Water" to submit your comments or questions and select the "Public review documents" tab. For directions on how to submit comments, click on the PDF to the right.

 

Project South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Study Phase 1
Review Period Sept. 5, 2014 - Oct. 6, 2014
Documents
Description

The District is the Lead Agency under CEQA for the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Phase I Study (Project). The California Coastal Conservancy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are partners in developing the Project. The Project would provide protection from tidal flooding with sea level rise to the area between Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek. Once flood protection is provided for the area, the former salt ponds in the area can be restored to tidal wetlands.

 

Contact: Michael Martin, 408-630-3095, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

 

Project Santa Clara Valley Water District Coyote Ridge Long Term Management Plan
Review Period Aug. 29, 2014 - Sept. 29, 2014
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Description

The proposed Long Term Management Plan identifies site improvements and long term management goals for the Coyote Ridge Preserve. The overall goal for long-term management of the Coyote Ridge Preserve is to ensure the long term viability of the Preserve’s conservation values. This goal will be met through routine monitoring and management of the conditions that support the Preserve’s biological resources, by maintaining existing infrastructure and by providing for security and public safety as detailed in the LTMP. The LTMP also identifies a series of site improvements to repair existing infrastructure on roads, culverts, fences and water troughs.

The Draft MND will be available for public review from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the water district Headquarters Building (5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118) starting August 29, 2014. A copy of the Draft MND will also be available at the Morgan Hill Public Library reference desk at 660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill, California 95037. The Draft MND can also be accessed online at: http://www.valleywater.org/PublicReviewDocuments.aspx. The public comment period onthe Draft MND closes at 5 p.m. on September 29, 2014.

Contact: Comments on the Draft MND should be submitted via mail or electronically, by 5 p.m. on September 29, 2014, to:

Comments on the Draft MND should be submitted via mail or electronically, by , to:

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Attention: Tiffany Hernandez
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

Contact: Tiffany Hernandez, 408-630-3094

 

 

Project Santa Clara Valley Water District California Aqueduct Reverse Flow Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
Review Period Aug. 27, 2014 - Sept. 27, 2014
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Description

The proposed project consists of installation, operation, and maintenance of temporary pump stations to reverse flow of water along the California Aqueduct. The proposed project would enable delivery of a portion of Santa Clara Valley Water District’s banking withdrawals from Semitropic Water Storage District. The proposed project is located at check structures 15, 18, 20, and 22 along the California Aqueduct in the central San Joaquin Valley, in Fresno and Kings Counties.

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 (IS) was prepared for the proposed project to evaluate potential environmental impacts. Based on the IS, it has been determined that a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) is the appropriate level of review.

The Draft IS/MND will be available for public review from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the District Headquarters Building (5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118) starting August 27, 2014. A copy of the Draft IS/MND will also be available at the Fresno County Library, Mendota Branch (1246 Belmont Avenue, Mendota, CA 93640) and Kings County Library, Hanford Branch (401 N. Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230).

Comments on the Draft IS/MND should be submitted via mail or electronically, by 5 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2014, to:

Santa Clara Valley Water District
Attention: Elise Latedjou-Durand
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118
edurand@valleywater.org  

Contact: Elise Latedjou-Durand,  408-630-3205

 

Project Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan, Regional General Permit
Review Period for
Notice of Preparation
May 5, 2014 - June 5, 2014
Document
Description

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District (SF District) posts public notices on its website to announce proposed agency actions, decisions made or under consideration, public hearings, or other activities. The SF District posted the public notice for the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan (Habitat Plan) Regional General Permit (RGP) on Monday, May 5, 2014. The 30-day public notice is eight pages and has two tables and one figure. The public comment period closes on 6/5/2014. A public hearing/meeting is not currently planned.

The SF District posted the notice on its website, e-mailed all those on their public notice distribution list for the permit area and will post the notice in local post offices in the Habitat Plan permit area. The Habitat Agency will forward the e-mail to those currently on its public distribution list, and will request that the Co-Permittees post the notice, or a link to the notice, on their respective websites.

The SF District will forward all comments received to the Habitat Agency and Co-Permittees. The Habitat Agency will prepare a form letter acknowledging receipt of comments on the public notice, and will draft responses to comments at the request of the SF District. Depending on the number of agency or public comments, the SF District will prepare to issue the RGP. Assuming the number of comments is small and not substantive, permit issuance could occur within 90 days of the public notice. 
 

Contact: Debra Caldon, Water Resources Planning Unit Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 408-630-3095

 

Project Almaden Lake Project
Review Period for
Notice of Preparation
April 9, 2014 - May 13, 2014
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Description

The Almaden Lake Project proposes to address the conversion of methylmercury in the lake and the high concerntrations of methlymercury in the lake's cold-water fish. It also complies with a mandate by the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board to control the production and release of methlymercury from Almaden Lake. The lake is located at the corner of Almaden Expressway and Coleman Road in San Jose.

The water district, acting as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lead agency for the project, has determined that an EIR is required to satisfy the requirements of CEQA. The purpose of the EIR process is to provide the public with an opportunity to consider the proposed project. The EIR will identify the project objectives and elements, analyze potential impacts from those elements and develop potential measures to minimize, avoid or mitigate significant adverse effects on environmental resources.

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been prepared and will be circulated to local, state and federal agencies responsible for project approval, or permitting, for a 30-day review period for the purpose of defining the scope and content of the Draft EIR. The NOP required by the state’s CEQA Guidelines (CCR §15082), contains a brief description of the project, including its goals and objectives, potential environmental impacts, and the resulting need for an EIR. It also discusses the process that will be used to determine the scope of analysis in the EIR, and provides an overview of the opportunities for public participation in review of the EIR, along with contact information. Copies of the NOP are available for review from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the water district headquarters building (5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118) starting April 9, 2014.

If you would like to provide written comments for consideration in the EIR, please send comments no later than May 13, 2014.

 

Contact: Michael Martin, 408-630-3095, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

 

Project Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Reliability Improvement Project
Review Period for
Notice of Preparation
Jan. 3, 2014 - Feb. 3, 2014
Document
Description

The Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Reliability Project (Project) proposes to upgrade the treatment plant to provide reliable drinking water for residents and businesses for the next 50 years. The Rinconada Water Treatment Plant (RWTP) is located at 400 More Avenue in the Town of Los Gatos. The RWTP is the oldest of the District’s water treatment plants, and has a rated capacity of 80 million gallons per day (mgd). The RWTP has numerous plant components that are nearing the end of their useful lives. In addition, water quality and code requirements for potable water treatment have become increasingly more stringent, requiring that the RWTP be upgraded to ensure the reliability of its operation and product water quality.

The Water District, acting as the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lead agency for the Project, has determined that an EIR is required to satisfy the requirements of CEQA. The purpose of the EIR process is to provide the public with an opportunity to consider the proposed Project. The EIR will identify the Project objectives and elements, analyze potential impacts from those elements, and develop potential measures to minimize, avoid, or mitigate significant adverse effects on environmental resources.

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) has been prepared and will be circulated to local, state, and federal agencies responsible for Project approval, or permitting, for a 30-day review period for the purpose of defining the scope and content of the Draft EIR. The NOP required by the State’s CEQA Guidelines (CCR §15082), contains a brief description of the Project, including its goals and objectives, potential environmental impacts, and the resulting need for an EIR. It also discusses the process that will be used to determine the scope of analysis in the EIR, and provides an overview of the opportunities for public participation in review of the EIR, along with contact information. Copies of the NOP are available for review from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Water District Headquarters Building (5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118) starting Friday, January 3, 2014.

The Water District will hold an Environmental Scoping Meeting, as noted above. The meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about the Project, ask questions, and provide comments about the scope and content of the information to be addressed in the EIR. If you are not able to attend the scoping meeting but would like to provide written comments for consideration in the EIR, please send comments not later than February 3, 2014.

 

Contact: Mike Coleman, 408-630-3096, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

 

Project Sunnyvale East and West Channels Flood Protection Project - Draft Environmental Impact Report
Review Period for
Notice of Exemption
Nov. 1, 2013 - Dec. 15, 2013
Document
Description

The proposed Sunnyvale East and West Channels Flood Protection Project (Project) would provide flood protection for residents, businesses, and infrastructure along a 9.5 mile length of the Sunnyvale East and West channels in the city of Sunnyvale. The Project consists of developing new flood protection infrastructure necessary to provide 100-year riverine flood protection, developing water quality improvements where possible, and making recommendations for recreational improvements. The proposed Project would include floodwalls, levee and maintenance road improvements, bridge/culvert modifications, and sediment removal. The Project also includes repairing and stabilizing several stream bank sections that are unstable and actively eroding.

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, the District, as the lead agency for the Project, has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to evaluate environmental impacts of the proposed Project. The DEIR identified potentially significant environmental impacts associated with aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, geology/soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazardous materials, hydrology/water resources, noise and vibration, land use, public utilities, recreation, and traffic. The majority of impacts were determined to be less than significant after the implementation of mitigation measures proposed for the Project. Construction impacts related to violation of applicable air quality and noise/vibration standards were determined to be significant and unavoidable even after implementation of air quality and vibration mitigation measures.

The Draft EIR and all related documents can be reviewed on any District business day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., at the District’s headquarters building, located at 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118. 

The public comment period on the Draft EIR closes at 5 p.m. on December 15, 2013. Comments should be submitted via mail or electronically, by 5 p.m.

 

Contact: Tiffany Hernandez, 408-630-3094, Santa Clara Valley Water District, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118