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Surprise lawsuit over flood project

Original post made on Jan 16, 2013

A lawsuit has been filed against the Santa Clara Valley Water District over its Permanente Creek Flood protection project, even after district officials apparently tried to avoid such an ordeal.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 11:42 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by JJ, a resident of another community
on Jan 16, 2013 at 1:45 pm

The water district has spent over $20M so far on this project and its not out of the design phase yet. Their board of directors meets next Tuesday to decide whether to scrap the entire flood protection project altogether.


Posted by @JJ, a resident of another community
on Jan 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm

$20,000 isn't really that much money. (20M = 20,000)


Posted by KS, a resident of another community
on Jan 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm

The environmental impact reports are available on this page as two PDF files, near the top:
Web Link

Having looked through them, they struck me as very detailed, and well researched. Impacts are discussed at length, including temporary ones caused by construction. Alternatives are presented and discussed. Also, data is presented on expected water flows etc.; and the underlying models have been refined a while ago, based on the best research available. There was a lengthy period in which comments could be submitted, and based on those comments the project was revised and the Cuesta Annex basin was removed from the project (read the first PDF, it starts out with discussing this). In short, none of this seems rushed with respect to the spirit of providing comprehensive EIR documentation and following a process that considers alternatives.

One has to wonder whether this lawsuit would be frivolous.


Posted by John, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm


"....giving anyone the right to stop something despite what the majority desires."

Sometimes we can protect ourselves from the tyranny of the majority.

i.e. The taxes we all have to pay because it passes by 50%

Fix the reservoirs and do what your supposed to do rather than these make work projects that antagonize property owners.


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