Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Compliance Project (Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement No. 1600-2020-0236-R3)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
Document Title
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Order Compliance Project (Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreement No. 1600-2020-0236-R3)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project is limited to the construction of the Anderson Dam Tunnel Project (and its components), the Cross Valley Pipeline Extension, the Coyote Percolation Dam Replacement – Phase 1, and the Coyote Creek Flood Management Measures Project.

Contact Information

Mayra Molina, Environmental Scientist
Agency Name
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Morgan Hill, San Jose
Santa Clara
Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area
Other Information
The project has four main projects/components. The Anderson Dam Tunnel Project is located at Anderson Dam and Reservoir. The Cross Valley Pipeline Extension component is located within the City of Morgan Hill and ends in Coyote Creek downstream of Ogier Ponds. The Coyote Percolation Dam Replacement Project is located 11 miles downstream of Anderson Dam. The Coyote Creek Flood Management Measures Project is located along Coyote Creek between Highway 280 and Old Oakland Road in the City of San Jose. All project components are located in the County of Santa Clara, State of California.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Section 21080 (b)(4) is for specific actions necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency. Based on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) February 20, 2020 dam safety order to Valley Water, FERC directed Valley Water to maintain the Anderson Reservoir no higher than an elevation of 565 feet and that Valley Water begin lowering the reservoir elevation to 488 feet (deadpool) no later than October 1, 2020. The directive also included a statement that Valley Water must take all appropriate measures to maintain and quickly lower the reservoir prior to significant inflow. The FERC dam safety order also required Valley Water to carry out interim risk reduction measures at Anderson Dam to protect the public from the risk of earthquake-induced dam failure until the larger Anderson Dam seismic retrofit project is completed.
County Clerk
Santa Clara


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