US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District

San Francisquito Creek

SAN FRANCISQUITO CREEK
INVESTIGATIONS

PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION

The San Francisquito Creek Feasibility Study is evaluating alternatives to provide flood risk management along the San Francisquito Creek. Creek flooding affects the City of Menlo Park in San Mateo County and the cities of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto in Santa Clara County. As a result of record rainfall in February 1998, San Francisquito Creek overtopped its banks, affecting approximately 1,700 residential and commercial structures and causing more than $26.6 million in property damage. The San Francisquito Creek watershed encompasses an area of approximately 40 square miles, extending from the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains to San Francisco Bay. San Francisquito Creek starts at the base of Searsville Dam in Stanford University and flows into San Francisco Bay about 2.5 miles south of the Dumbarton Bridge. The Feasibility Study was rescoped in 2014 to align with SMART Planning and focuses on evaluating alternatives to provide single purpose flood risk management along Reach 2 of the creek from Highway 101 to Pope Chaucer Street Bridge, where breakout flow from the creek originates. Opportunities to provide ecosystem restoration in the upper reaches watershed are not being addressed by this study, as a result of the rescoping process. The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA), the Non-Federal Sponsor (NFS) for the Study, recently completed a project along Reach 1 of the Creek, downstream of Highway 101 which addresses tidal and fluvial flooding sources.

 

TOTAL FUNDING

 

TOTAL COST

                    $  5,810,000

FEDERAL COST

                    $  3,437,000

NON-FEDERAL COST

                    $  2,372,000

 

 

TOTAL FEDERAL COST THROUGH FY 2019

                    $  1,708,000

FY 2020 BUDGET

                    $    0

COST TO COMPLETE

                    $     0

 

FY 19 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Release Draft Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement Report for public review and hold the Agency Decision Milestone.

FY 20 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Final Report / Chief’s Report

ISSUES AND OTHER INFORMATION

  • The SFCJPA is the NFS. Members of the SFCJPA include the cities of East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and Menlo Park, the San Mateo County Flood Control District, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
  • The study received a 3x3x3 Waiver in 2017 and was funded to completion in FY18.

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST

  • 18th District, Rep. Anna Eshoo

POINTS OF CONTACT

  • Deputy for Project Management, Edwin S. Townsley, (415) 503-6593.

Updated on 31 January 2019.

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Contact

General Questions
415-503-6708
450 Golden Gate
San Francisco, CA 94102