Guadalupe Creek Restoration Project

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ICF was retained by the Santa Clara Valley Water District to provide restoration planning and design, environmental and regulatory compliance, construction oversight, and post-construction monitoring services for the Guadalupe Creek Restoration Project.

The project involved the restoration of riparian vegetation, shaded riverine aquatic (SRA) cover, and instream aquatic habitat along a two-mile reach of lower Guadalupe Creek in San Jose, California, as mitigation for impacts associated with the downtown Guadalupe River Flood control project. The restoration design was developed during an extensive planning and design process that included conducting an inventory of existing conditions, including vegetation, aquatic habitat, wildlife habitat, land use and cultural resources; and identifying site characteristics that represented opportunities or constraints for restoring riparian vegetation.

ICF led the preparation of detailed designs and construction documents for implementation of the preferred project design. We also facilitated the environmental review process, and prepared the Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documents in compliance with California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. Additionally, ICF prepared and acquired all required permits for the project, including Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), Section 1601 of the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Code, Section 401 Certification from the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB), Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Waste Discharge Permit.

The Guadalupe Creek Restoration Project received the 2003 Engineering Excellence Award from the Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California.

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Client: Santa Clara Valley Water District
Location: San Jose, CA

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