Searsville Watershed Restoration Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Document Title
Searsville Watershed Restoration Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
General Plan Designations: Mixed, Institutional/Open Study/Future Study; Residential; Major Educational & Institutional Uses; Medium Density Residential Zoning: Residential Estates District/Residential Density Districts #10 and #11; Single Family Suburban Residential District; Special Conservation Area; One-family Residential-Weekend Acres; Open Space and Field Research; General Use
Document Description
The proposed Project involves modifying Searsville Dam to reestablish sediment transport processes and fish passage conditions past Searsville Dam, restoring stream and riparian habitats above the dam, removing a substantial amount of sediment trapped behind the dam, relocating the Searsville Reservoir water diversion downstream to the San Francisquito Creek Pump Station, expanding the Pump Station’s capacity, and relocating historic non-potable water supply and storage from Searsville Reservoir to an expanded Felt Reservoir and new Felt Dam, to enhance water supply reliability during drought and other emergency conditions and improve public safety.

Contact Information

Steve Rothert
Agency Name
Department of Water Resources
Job Title
DWR Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Woodside
San Mateo, Santa Clara
Citywide, Countywide, San Francisco Bay Area, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Multiple, see NOP
Total Acres
Parcel #
Varies - see NOP
State Highways
280, 84, 82, 101
Palo Alto Airport
Woodland School, Fusion Academy, Silicon Valley International
Searsville and Felt reservoirs, San Francisquito and Los Trancos Creeks, SF Bay
5S, 6S
2W, 3W

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Delta Protection Commission, Delta Stewardship Council, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Conservation (DOC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Conservation (DOC)
Development Types
Other (Restoration Project)
Local Actions
Restoration Project
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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