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March 17, 2017
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Zone 7 Declares Local Flood Emergency and Seeks Funding Assistance

At the March 15, 2017 board meeting, the Board declared a local state of flood emergency within the Zone 7 service area. The declaration of a local state of flood emergency on top of the previously-declared state emergency and federal emergency allows Zone 7 to seek funding assistance from outside sources such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

Cal OES makes funding available for the repair, restoration, or replacement of public facilities and properties that are damaged by the emergency events. The program also provides for reimbursement of costs associated with certain emergency activities undertaken in response to a state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor. The Cal OES program may also provide matching fund assistance for cost sharing required under federal public assistance programs in response to a Presidential Emergency Declaration.

As described in the February 22, 2017 eNewsletter, the higher than normal precipitation and intensity of the 2017 winter storms caused significant damage to Zone 7’s flood control facilities. Damage has now been identified at over 150 sites and includes bank erosion, damage to outfall structures, damage to maintenance roads and sedimentation. Some of this damage threatens utility lines and infrastructure. The estimated costs to repair the damage to Zone 7’s facilities is $10 million, roughly 10 times the typical annual expenditures for channel repair. 

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wed., April 19, 2017, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Tri-Valley Water Liaison Meeting

Date: Wed., April 26, 2017, 4 p.m.
Where: DSRSD, 7051 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin, CA 94568

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

Zone 7 to Be Local Sponsor to Provide Emergency Assistance to Foothill Road Property

On March 15, 2017, the Board of Directors directed staff to take action for Zone 7 to become the Local Sponsor for emergency watershed protection work and to provide immediate assistance to mitigate and limit further bank damage sustained during the February 2017 storms at a residential property on Foothill Road. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) which can provide assistance in mitigating potential hazards to life and property from flooding and erosion, provided a local government entity sponsors the work.

As the Local Sponsor, Zone 7 will tap its existing design and engineering expertise and contractors, as well as construction and maintenance resources to address the severe erosion at the property. Zone 7 will bear the costs of the repair initially, and apply to the NRCS for potential reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the costs through the EWP for qualifying expenditures.

Zone 7 staff had already begun the process of obtaining the emergency permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including contracting for preliminary design and modeling to satisfy Corps requirements. The board was very complimentary of the proactive approach that staff had taken to fast-tracking this work. Zone 7 staff, consultants, NRCS, City of Pleasanton, and the landowner have already met to discuss permitting, design, and construction options that would qualify for partial reimbursement under the EWP.

Future steps may include a long-term, reach-wide solution which is estimated to cost at least $10 million. Zone 7 will try to identify local partners and explore other options for both funding and the best long-term solutions, including options for maintaining any solution once constructed.

Fix a Leak Week March 20-26, 2017 and May 2017 Water Awareness Month

In recognition of the importance of water conservation and water use efficiency, Zone 7 will participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense (WS) program’s Fix a Leak Week for the second year in a row. The program aims to use water resources more efficiently, to preserve water for future generations and to reduce water and wastewater infrastructure costs by reducing unnecessary water consumption. Checking and fixing household plumbing fixtures for leaks inside and outside of the home is a great way to conserve water and save money. Using this checklist, you can detect leaks in just 10 minutes. More information about what you can do to save water indoors and out is provided on the WaterSense website.

Zone 7 also declared May as Water Awareness and will join water agencies throughout the state in emphasizing the need for conservation and water use efficiency. As part of Water Awareness month Zone 7 will be co-hosting the popular East Bay Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour on May 7, 2017 and will recognize the winning students of the Zone 7 Water Awards which were selected during the 2017 Alameda County Science and Engineering Fair.

In Case You Missed It

At a Special Board Meeting on March 10, 2017, the Association of California Water Agencies’ Board of Directors adopted a policy statement regarding the State Water Resources Control Board’s approach to setting new water quality objectives in the Bay-Delta watershed. 

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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