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Public Scoping Meeting June 19, 2017

Project Title: Fish and Aquatic Habitat Collaborative Effort (FAHCE) Program and Fish Habitat Restoration Plan

Project Location: Santa Clara County, California

The Santa Clara Valley Water District (District) is preparing an environmental impact report (EIR) in support of the FAHCE Fish Habitat Restoration Plan for the Three Creeks watersheds - Guadalupe River, Coyote Creek, and Stevens Creek - for which the District holds water rights licenses. The 2003 FAHCE Initialed Draft Settlement Agreement included the development and implementation of a fish habitat restoration plan, which was intended to identify specific and programmatic actions to support the overall management objectives to “restore and maintain healthy steelhead trout and salmon populations as appropriate to each of the Three Creeks, by providing (A) suitable spawning and rearing habitat within each watershed, and (B) adequate passage for adult steelhead trout and salmon to reach suitable spawning and rearing habitat and for out-migration of juveniles.” The plan proposes modifications to District reservoir operations and programmatic actions to improve, as appropriate, habitat conditions in the Three Creeks area. Biological monitoring and an adaptive management plan are also proposed to ensure management objectives are met.

The EIR Notice of Preparation was posted for public review in February 2015. The NOP (State Clearinghouse# 2015022008) is on file at the Office of Planning and Research, and the District’s website: http://www.valleywater.org/FAHCE. The District has scheduled this scoping meeting to provide an opportunity for public input on the scope and content to be addressed in the EIR.

Public Scoping Meeting
Monday, June 19, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Santa Clara Valley Water District Board Room
5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118

The scoping meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m, and the public can attend at any time between those hours. Information on the project description and features of the project will be posted at focused working tables and project team members will be available to accept written comments from the community. During and following the meeting, scoping comments from the public will be accepted in writing through Friday, June 30 at 5 p.m. Comment cards and project contact information will be made available at the meeting and on the District website.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Sarah Young
Santa Clara Valley Water District
(408) 265-2600
or email: Scoping4FAHCE@valleywater.org

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate persons with disabilities wishing to attend this public meeting. For additional information on attending this hearing, including requesting accommodations for disabilities or interpreter assistance, please contact at (408) 265-2600, or at least three business days prior to the meeting.