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May 18, 2018
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Comment Period Extended for Arroyo Mocho Medeiros Reach Floodplain and Riparian Restoration Project

The Arroyo Mocho Medeiros Reach Floodplain and Riparian Restoration Project is an integral component of the regional flood control and habitat restoration strategy for Arroyo Mocho in Zone 7’s Service Area. Project objectives include flood risk reduction, sediment management, habitat enhancement, groundwater recharge, water quality improvement, and recreation/community compatibility. The project is located within a 40-acre area along the 0.7-mile Medeiros Reach of Arroyo Mocho in the City of Livermore. The Medeiros Reach is located between Arroyo Road and Holmes Street, south of College Avenue. The project would occur on public property owned by Zone 7.

Zone 7 released a draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) on April 25, 2018. A Mitigated Negative Declaration means that Zone 7 has studied the potential environmental impacts of the project and determined that any impacts can be avoided or mitigated to a point where no significant impacts to the environment would occur.

To provide the public additional time for review and input, Zone 7 is extending the public comment period for the project by two weeks to June 8, 2018. Input during the public comment period is a critical component of the CEQA process, as it helps to inform and refine the proposed project. As the public has reviewed the document, more questions and concerns have been posed. Extending the comment period will allow the community more time to review the project and provide input. Based on the comments and input received, Zone 7 will develop a plan to mitigate impacts as part of the project. Zone 7 values the public’s input, and will develop a plan to respond to all comments in the final document.

The draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration is available online and copies of are available for review at the City of Livermore main library at 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550. A CD of the IS/MND may also be requested by contacting Emily Moshier, P.E., at (925) 454-5035 or by email at emoshier@zone7water.com.

Comments must be received by June 8, 2018. Comments may be sent in hard copy or email to: Emily Moshier, P.E., Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Zone 7, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551 or by email to emoshier@zone7water.com.

Upcoming Meetings:

Board of Directors Meeting

Date: Wed., June 20, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Livermore Valley Water Financing Authority Meeting

Date: Wed., June 20, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore  

May is Water Awareness Month

The weather is warming up and it’s a great time to make sure your outdoor water use is as efficient as possible.

  • Visit Zone 7’s rebate page for information about lawn conversion and other rebates for making outdoor and indoor improvements that will reduce your water use and help lower your water bills.
  • Visit http://www.trivalleywaterwise.com/ for more great information about water-wise gardening.

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

Science & Engineering Fair Awardees Honored

Four students who attend schools within Zone 7’s service area received special recognition from Zone 7 for water-related projects displayed during the recent Alameda County Science & Engineering Fair. At Wednesday’s Board of Directors meeting, three students received awards and gave presentations on their projects to recognize the great work they did in their research.

  • A high school award was given to Shreyas Kallingal from Amador Valley High School for the study entitled, “ParaTool: A System for Capture and Automated Detection of Waterborne Parasites via Biomimicry Taxis and Motility Tracking”.
  • A second high school award was granted to Eesha Pamula and Ritika Peddamallu from Quarry Lane High School, for their study entitled, “Effect of Various Polyacrylates on Soil Water Retention and Plant Nutritional Composition”.
  • Lakshmi Sajith, Harvest Park Middle School, was given the middle school water award for the study entitled, “Save Aquatic Life – An Alternative to Toxic Chemicals in Sunscreen”.

Contract Awarded for Design Services for COL Well No. 1 Facility Stabilization

With the approval of the Board of Directors, Zone 7 staff will move forward with the issuance of a contract in an amount not-to-exceed $133,000 for an engineering firm to conduct a site investigation, identify and evaluate alternatives, and make recommendations to correct and prevent further ongoing, noticeable settlement and lateral movement of the Chain of Lakes Well No. 1 site toward Cope Lake. Zone 7 staff and consultants have been investigating the issue since 2016, and despite efforts to re-grade and re-compact the embankment and buttress the toe slope with concrete rip rap, survey monitoring data continues to show ground movement that can eventually affect the COL 1 building and the well. While additional geotechnical investigations may be needed, it is clear that the well and the building which houses the electrical and chemical systems need to be protected from the potential ground settlement and lateral movement over the long-term. Once the alternative for implementation is selected, staff will bring for Board consideration a design services contract to complete the plans and specification to implement construction.

Continuing Support for Living Arroyos Program

At the May 16, 2018 Board of Directors meeting, the Board approved continuing Zone 7’s participation and cost-sharing for the Living Arroyos Program through fiscal year 2021/2022. Initiated in 2013, Living Arroyos is a multi-agency partnership in the Livermore-Amador Valley among Zone 7, the City of Livermore, the City of Pleasanton, and the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District. Living Arroyos strives to be a means to increase opportunities for local residents to engage in hands-on watershed stewardship, and to establish relationships with streams near their homes. The program includes activities such as planting, weeding, watering, monitoring, debris removal, pruning, invasive plant management, intern training, and volunteer participation. Among other accomplishments, Living Arroyos has engaged over 1,400 volunteers from across the Tri Valley area and beyond, logging approximately 5,500 hours. Given the success of Living Arroyos, Zone 7 is pleased to reaffirm their commitment to continue working with program partners to leverage resources and maximize effectiveness in achieving the program’s goals.

Filling Board of Directors Vacancy

The passing of Director McGrail left a vacancy on the Board of Directors for a term that ends on June 30, 2018. Rather than go through the process of selecting a new board member for such a short duration, and for only one board meeting, the Board of Directors has decided to leave the seat vacant until the new Directors are sworn in at the July Board of Directors meeting.

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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