Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will bring up to $7 million for flood control infrastructure in the South Bay.
Senate Bill 881, introduced by state Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) will help bring state funding for the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project led by the Santa Clara Valley Water District and constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“With climate change bringing about increased storm intensity and sea level rise, the Shoreline Project is a critical collaboration of federal, state and local agencies,” said Wieckowski, who chairs the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. “I applaud the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s leadership on this vital project.”
The shoreline project combines wetlands restoration with levee construction to protect residents and Silicon Valley businesses in Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale and San Jose—including the waterfront community of Alviso—from flooding, increasingly severe storms and rising seas induced by climate change.
“This project is vital to our economy and the safety of our community,” water district board chair Richard Santos said in a prepared statement.
President Obama authorized the shoreline plan in 2016 as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which appropriated $177 million in federal funds for such projects.
The first phase of construction includes a new 4-mile levee along the shoreline and restoration of 2,900 acres of former salt-production ponds into tidal marsh habitat.