El Niño is not over yet

During two series of storms on March 5, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 13, the National Weather Service issued a regional Flash Flood Watch for our area.  This tells us that we must still monitor the forecast and the website, and be prepared to take action.

To learn about what we have done and what you should do to be prepared for potential flooding, please watch a video of a recent community meeting with useful information, or attend an upcoming meeting.  Also, see a brochure sent to thousands of properties and a map of sandbag stations.

To SIGN UP FOR FLOOD ALERTS and see a searchable Google map of areas at risk of FLOODING DURING A STORM, go to


Moving forward from the Bay to Hwy. 101

After working for 35 months to secure state and federal regulatory permits, on February 23rd we received final approvals to begin construction of this flood protection, ecosystem restoration and recreation project along two miles of creek. These permits include conditions we must meet before, during, and after construction. Two days later, on February 25th, the Santa Clara Valley Water District advertised for construction bids on behalf of the SFCJPA. 

We expect the construction contract to be awarded by early May so work may begin a month later.  Because our permits allow us to work in the creek between June and October only, construction will last through at least late 2017.  We are also working with PG&E to relocate its cross-creek gas and electrical lines as soon as possible.  Please attend an upcoming meeting listed below and check back here for more information on construction activities.


SAFER Bay feasibility study underway

Our Strategy to Advance Flood protection, Ecosystems and Recreation along the Bay (SAFER Bay) project is underway. We are looking at different alignments of infrastructure alternatives to protect Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and Palo Alto against extreme tides with Sea Level Rise, and working with other agencies to improve shoreline habitat and close a gap in the Bay Trail. 

Our consultants will complete the draft report of feasible alternatives in March 2016.  In April, we intend to present these findings at a public meeting of the League of Women Voters on April 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Facebook (click here to view the slide presentation from a January 2015 League of Women Voters meeting). In May, we intend to present this at City Council meetings and then begin to design and develop an EIR of the alternatives. In the meantime, contact us and see a March 5, 2014 weekly Almanac cover story on this project.


Next Meeting: Board of Directors, April 28 at 4:00 PM, Menlo Park City Council Chambers


What We Do

The SFCJPA is an independent regional government agency founded by three cities and two countywide agencies divided by San Francisquito Creek and united by its watershed and floodplain. We lead projects along the creek and S.F. Bay that reduce a proven flood threat, enhance ecosystems and recreational opportunities, and connect our communities. We receive funding from the agencies listed below, as well as federal, state and private sources.

Public Meetings

The SFCJPA Board meets frequently throughout the year, and agency staff host and participate in discussions with community groups, city councils, and others. Please join us at a meeting listed below:

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The SFCJPA and its partners produce a wealth of information on all aspects of the watershed and our plans to improve it. To learn more, click on one of the links below.

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Know Your Watershed

The links below will give you a better perspective on the Watershed, our place in it, and opportunities to get involved to appreciate and improve this incredible natural resource.