SAFER Bay Planning Project
Cities of East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Palo Alto, San Mateo County; Measure AA Region: West Bay
Planning, Design, and CEQA Documentation
Safe, Clean Water and Pollution Prevention Program; Vital Fish, Bird and Wildlife Habitat Program; Integrated Flood Protection Program; Shoreline Public Access Program.
State Coastal Conservancy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This project funds the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority to conduct planning, perform data collection and analysis, develop design plans, and prepare program-level and project-level California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation for the Strategy to Advance Flood Protection, Ecosystems and Recreation along San Francisco Bay (SAFER Bay) Planning Project in San Mateo County.
The SAFER Bay Planning Project will lead to coastal flood protection for communities in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park as well as restored tidal wetland habitat and improved recreational opportunities along seven miles of the San Francisco Bay shoreline in San Mateo County. Currently, areas within East Palo Alto and Menlo Park are exposed to coastal flooding from San Francisco Bay which is predicted to worsen with sea level rise. The project will design flood protection elements to current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coastal flood protection standards plus an additional 3.5 feet of tidal elevation to account for anticipated sea level rise.
The project will integrate traditional flood protection with the restoration and enhancement of more than 550 acres of wetlands to create a more resilient and biologically diverse shoreline environment.