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Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Public Meeting

Contact: Marty Grimes
Office: 408-630-2881
Mobile: 408-681-9265

March 21, 2017 

 Project Update to the Community


The Santa Clara Valley Water District will be hosting a community meeting on the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project, to provide an update on recent findings, a modified project approach, an update on project status and schedule, and topics related to dam safety performance.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6 to 8:30 p.m.


Morgan Hill Community & Cultural Center, Hiram Room
17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA


In 2011, a seismic study on Anderson Dam showed that a large earthquake on the Calaveras Fault or the Coyote Creek Fault could potentially cause significant damage to the dam. This resulted in the Santa Clara Valley Water District initiating the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit Project in 2012. It is currently in the design phase.

New findings have modified the project scope to include: replacing the existing outlet pipe that runs below the dam to improve capacity and reliability, increasing the wall height of the concrete spillway, and increasing the height of the dam crest to provide more freeboard for larger storms’ runoff.

Speakers (Subject to Change)

Hon. John Varela, Chair, Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors and District 1 representative 

Hemang Desai, Dam Safety Program Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District 

Katherine Oven, Deputy Operating Officer, Water Utility Capital Division, Santa Clara Valley Water District

The Santa Clara Valley Water District, with a history dating back to 1929, manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County’s 1.9 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, and nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, providing wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water to homes and businesses. The water district is the flood control agency for Santa Clara County, annually preparing creeks for winter rains through levee maintenance, sediment removal, bank repair and vegetation management. We have invested more than $1 billion in flood protection efforts to protect nearly 100,000 parcels with many more projects planned.