SAFER Bay project is topic of League of Women Voters hosted talk in Menlo Park on January 29

by Contributed Content on January 26, 2014

The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County is hosting a free presentation open to the public on Wed., Jan 29 at 7:00 pm at the Menlo Park Library. Len Materman, Executive Director of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Power Authority (SFCJPA), will provide an overview of the Strategy to Advance Flood protection Ecosystems and Recreation along the Bay (SAFER Bay) project and take questions from the audience.

In southern San Mateo County, on the bay side, the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority is taking a lead role to develop projects to address sea level rise. San Mateo County is the most vulnerable county to sea level rise in the State.

In October 2013, the SFCJPA board launched the SAFER Bay project and its objectives include: removing properties from the 100-year flood plain assuming 50 years of sea level rise, enabling the restoration of historic marshlands, expanding opportunities for recreation and minimizing costs of maintenance. The work effort will focus on the area starting at the San Mateo-Santa Clara County line where San Francisquito creek enters the Bay, and extend north to include the shorelines of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.

The funders of the project include: the State of California, the cities of East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, Facebook, Inc. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Photo of rain-swollen San Francisquito Creek taken by Scott Loftesness in December, 2012


One Comment

Janet Davis January 27, 2014 at 8:26 am

San Mateo county continues to allow structures to be built in the flood plain in the middle reaches of San Francisquito creek where they flood every year there is heavy rain. Therefore, the problem is not merely in the lower reaches.

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