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McKelvey, Cuesta flood basins the topic of June 17 meeting

Controversial flood basins proposed for the Cuesta Annex and McKelvey Park will be discussed this Thursday at City Hall as Valley Water certifies an environmental impact report.

The Santa Clara Valley Water district board of directors is set to certify the final EIR report for the Permanente Creek flood protection project at 6 p.m. June 17 in the City Council chambers.

Using four flood basins, including two in Los Altos, the project will protect certain property owners in Los Altos and Mountain View from a 100-year flood. Such a flood is unprecedented, and has a 1 percent chance of happening in any given year.

The draft report found few environmental impacts from the project, except for construction-related impacts to traffic from hauling away truckloads of dirt from the open lot next to Cuesta Park known as the Cuesta Annex.

Some are opposing the 15-foot-deep flood basins, especially the one that takes up the front third of the Cuesta Annex, saying the basins would ruin the look and feel of the parks. The City Council has already approved the plans in concept.

The final draft of the EIR has no substantial changes from the first draft, said project manager Afshin Rouhani, although it includes responses to comments from residents and government agencies.

The final 1,000 page environmental report will be posted this week at valleywater.org.

Comments

Posted by Hip Waders, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Believe me, your house full of flood waters and 4 inches of mud will look much uglier to you than a landscaped flood basin.


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