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February 22, 2017
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Improving Flood Protection Along Arroyo Mocho

Two flood protection projects, the Arroyo Mocho Medeiros Parkway Project (AM Medeiros Parkway) and the Arroyo Mocho Granada-Murrieta Project (AM Granada), are now moving forward as a single effort. At the recommendation of Zone 7 staff, the Board of Directors passed a resolution at the February 15, 2017 Board meeting to combine the projects in order to maximize efficiencies and benefits. 

The AM Medeiros Parkway is a regional flood protection project located along a reach of the Arroyo Mocho known as the Manuel Medeiros Memorial Parkway. The project will create a natural floodplain, offering storm water detention enhancement while promoting natural habitat, and allowing recreational use. Creating natural floodplain may have the additional benefit of increasing groundwater recharge capacity and sustainability for the area.

The AM Granada is designed to alleviate flood risks in the adjacent downstream reach to Medeiros Parkway by raising banks to eliminate low spots and increase the channel conveyance capacity to contain large storm events. Ecological enhancements and repairing/repaving bike trails affected by embankment work is also expected.

While both projects offer flood protection benefits, the AM Medeiros Parkway project offers greater ecological benefits and the AM Granada project offers a higher degree of flood protection benefits. Because these two efforts are located adjacent to one another and offer complementary benefits, combining them is expected to facilitate greater efficiencies for environmental review and associated permitting approvals, and construction, as well as project management.

The AM Medeiros Parkway portion of the project is targeted for completion in fall of 2018.  The completion of the AM Granada portion off the project is targeted for fall of 2019. Funding for flood protection projects is provided through property taxes, development fees, and state and federal grant funding. 

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wed., Mar. 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore
 

Flood Preparedness

  • To learn about Zone 7's flood protection program, click here.
  • For the state's flood preparedness website, click here.

Conservation

The Tri-Valley Water-Wise Gardening website provides water-efficiency tips for landscaping and gardening based on climate and other factors specific to our region. To learn more, visit http://www.trivalleywaterwise.com/.

Check the websites of your local retailer:
- City of Pleasanton
- City of Livermore
- California Water Service Co. - Livermore
- Dublin San Ramon Services District

For rebate information, click here.

Report a Spill or Dumping

Zone 7 owns many flood control channels and creeks in the Cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, and in unincorporated areas of Eastern Alameda County. If you see a spill or dumping in any waterway, follow the directions below to report it:

1. If a spill is currently happening, call 911.

2. If the situation is not urgent, call: 

  • Zone 7 Administrative offices at (925) 454-5000 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator at (925) 447-6704, ext. 1, during non-business hours

Storm Damage to Regional Flood Protection Facilities

The January and February storms have caused extensive damage to more than fifty stream banks within Zone 7’s service area and some of the adjacent access roads and trails. Localized flooding was experienced throughout the Tri-Valley with the recent heavy precipitation. The effects of this year’s storms have been severe and widespread not only in the Tri-Valley but across the State. This was underscored by Governor Brown’s Declaration of a State of Emergency for many counties, including Alameda County.

The majority of the damage to Zone 7 flood facilities was found in the western portion of the service area where soils are more prone to failure. Some damage was found in the eastern portion of Zone 7’s services but less severe than that on the western side. The map below shows the damage locations. In some instances the damage has resulted in the closure of publically-accessible sites such as trails.  

Zone 7 staff have implemented standard emergency measures such as installing plastic sheeting to these areas and maintaining three sand bag stations for the community (at Zone 7’s office, at a treatment plant located in Eastern County and at the elementary school in Sunol). To date, extraordinary emergency measures were taken at three locations along Alamo Canal upstream of Arroyo Mocho. In these areas, the embankments were stabilized with temporary vertical steel piping, and mud and debris was cleared from v-ditches and inlets in addition to the placement of plastic sheeting.

Staff continued to monitor damaged sites during the series of storms this past weekend and will continue to do so throughout the rainy season. Staff have met with representatives of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist in their efforts to estimate cost to repair the damage and to evaluate the extent of damage across the state. Federal funding for some portion of the repairs may become available based on the data they collect.  Staff will be actively pursuing all possible opportunities to receive funding assistance for the permanent repairs. 

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Connection Fee Update

Last week the Board of Directors approved a resolution to amend the basic connection fees for new development within the main Zone 7 service area, as well as the Dougherty Valley service area. The water connection fee is subject to periodic review and modification at the discretion of the Board. The Connection Fee Update incorporates the latest information on Zone 7’s Capital Improvement Program, planning projections and anticipated expansion projects from fiscal year 2016/2017 through fiscal year 2040/2041.  By periodically updating the analysis for calculating connection fees, Zone 7 assures that development pays its own way without burdening existing customers.

 
Mission Statement:
Zone 7 Water Agency is committed to providing a reliable supply of high quality water
and an effective flood control system to the Livermore-Amador Valley. In fulfilling our present and future commitments to the community, we will develop and manage the water resources in a fiscally responsible, innovative, proactive, and environmentally sensitive way.

Vision Statement:
To be recognized as the platinum standard water and flood control district in which to live, work and do business by enhancing the quality of life, economic vitality and environmental health of the communities we serve.

Values:
OPEN AND TRANSPARENT -- The Board's meetings and communications shall be open and public, except when the Brown Act authorizes otherwise.
CUSTOMER SERVICE -- Our commitment to the community requires prompt, respectful and courteous relations with our customers, both internal and external, as well as pursuing community partnerships and collaboration with     other area public agencies when beneficial to the public.
INTEGRITY -- We practice the highest ethical standards and maintain open, honest communications at all levels of the organization at all times.
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE -- We will operate in a productive, cost effective, transparent and efficient manner to ensure sound financial stability.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE -- In carrying out our mission, we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the environment while complying with regulations.
INNOVATIVE/PROACTIVE -- We encourage innovation, creativity and ingenuity, seeking constant improvement and keeping up with the latest economical technologies and management practices.
SAFETY -- We are committed to public and employee safety to maintain a healthy work environment.  We work safely and provide safe products and services.
EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT -- We foster a respect for diversity, equality, a spirit of performance-based accountability and productivity along with personal and professional growth for all team members so as to achieve excellence through the collective energy that comes from a work environment where each employee can flourish and succeed to their highest potential.
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Contact Information:
Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551
925-454-5000
 
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