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Upper Penitencia Creek Flood Protection Project

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Location Description Coyote Creek, Dorel Drive, Penitencia Creek
Upper Penitencia Creek Flood Protection Project

The purpose of this project is to improve Upper Penitencia Creek to ensure flood protection from a 100-year flood event.  The project limits extend approximately 4.2 miles between the confluence with Coyote Creek and Dorel Drive.  Upper Penitencia Creek is a tributary to the Coyote Creek system, and its watershed is approximately 24 square miles in size.  The Santa Clara Valley Water District is working in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to prepare a planning study (Feasibility Study) and an Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR).  The project team is coordinating with the City of San Jose on future development projects and their Trails Master Plan; the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on the BART project; and resource agencies (National Marine Fisheries Service, Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Environmental Protection Agency).

Drinking Water Supply
Water Quality Improvement
Water Reuse/Recycling
Stormwater Improvements
Groundwater Benefits
Habitat Protection and Restoration
Flood Protection
Environmental and habitat protection and improvement, Flood management, Land use planning, Recreation and public access, Water quality protection and improvement, Watershed planning
Flood Protection & Stormwater Management

Part 2 - Detail


i. Water Supply (conservation, recycled water, groundwater recharge, surface storage, etc.)


ii. Water Quality


iii. Flood and Stormwater Management


iv. Resource Stewardship (watershed management, habitat protection and restoration, recreation, open space, etc.)


Increases Water Supply Reliability
Advances/ Expands Conjunctive Management of Multiple Water Supply Sources
Increases Water Use and/or Reuse Efficiency
Provides Additional Water Supply
Promotes Water Quality Protection
Reduces Water Demand
Advances/Expands Water Recycling
Promotes Urban Runoff Reuse
Addresses Sea Level Rise
Addresses other Anticipated Climate Change Impact (e.g. through water management system modifications)
Improves Flood Control (e.g. through wetlands restoration, management, protection)
Promotes Habitat Protection
Establishes Migration Corridors
Re-establishes River-Floodplain Hydrologic Continuity
Re-introduces Anadromous Fish Populations to Upper Watersheds
Enhances and Protects Upper Watershed Forests and Meadow Systems
Other (Please Describe)
Increases Water Use Efficiency or Promotes Energy-Efficient Water Demand Reduction
Improves Water System Energy Efficiency
Advances/Expands Water Recycling
Promotes Urban Runoff Reuse
Promotes Use of Renewable Energy Sources
Contributes to Carbon Sequestration (e.g. through vegetation growth)
Other (Please Describe)
(low) - (high)
Drought Preparedness
Use and Reuse Water More Efficiently
Climate Change Response Actions (Adaptation to Climate Change, Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Reduce Energy Consumption)
Expand Environmental Stewardship
Practice Integrated Flood Management
Protect Surface and Groundwater Quality
Improve Tribal Water and Natural Resources
Ensure Equitable Distribution of Benefits
Reduce Reliance on the Bay-Delta
Reduce Water Demand
Improved Operational Efficiency and Transfers
Increase Water Supply
Improve Water Quality
Improve Flood Management
Practice Resources Stewardship
Other Strategies (Please Describe)
Groundwater Management Plan
Urban Water Management Plan
Water Meter Requirements
Groundwater Monitoring Requirements
AB 1420 Compliance
BMP Compliance
CEQA Compliance
Water supply reliability, water conservation and water use efficiency
Stormwater capture, storage, clean-up, treatment, and management
Removal of invasive non-native species, the creation and enhancement of wetlands, and the acquisition, protection, and restoration of open space and watershed lands
Non-point source pollution reduction, management and monitoring
Groundwater recharge and management projects
Contaminant and salt removal through reclamation, desalting, and other treatment technologies and conveyance of reclaimed water for distribution to users
Water banking, exchange, reclamation and improvement of water quality
Planning and implementation of multipurpose flood management programs
Watershed protection and management
Drinking water treatment and distribution
Ecosystem and fisheries restoration and protection
Reduced Reliance on the Bay-Delta
Projects that directly address a critical water quality or supply issue in a DAC
Urban water suppliers implementing certain BMPs as on page 17 of Guidelines
Be designed to manage stormwater runoff to reduce flood damage (PRC §5096.827)
Be consistent with the applicable Regional Water Quality Control Plans (Basin Plans) (PRC §5096.827)
Not be a part of the State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC) (PRC §5096.827)

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Part 3 - Benefits