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

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

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