April 9, 2014

San Mateo County Creek Named One of America's Most Endangered Rivers

SAN FRANCISQUITO Creek has been named one of America's most endangered rivers by the non-profit American Rivers. But the designation is really focused on the future of Searsville Reservoir and Dam, a 122 year-old structure that begins the 14-mile path of San Francisquito Creek through the heart of Silicon Valley.

The future of Searsville is but one of the complex issues facing this creek. Because it divides cities and counties, the San Francisquito Joint Powers Agreement was formed to reduce a proven flood threat, enhance habitat for endangered and other species, and generally convert the creek from a divisive liability into a unifying asset.

The SFCJPA is working with Stanford and others to ensure that a decision regarding the future of Searsville, which will impact many communities downstream, is made in the context of these related regional issues.


The SFCJPA is an independent regional government agency founded by three cities and two countywide agencies divided by San Francisquito Creek and united by its watershed and floodplain. The JPA leads projects along the creek and S.F. Bay that reduce a proven flood threat, enhance ecosystems a
nd recreational opportunities, and connect our communities. Funding comes from East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, San Mateo County Flood Control District and the Santa Clara Valley Water District as well as federal, state and private sources.

Read the narrative on San Francisquito Creek and why it's considered "endangered" in American Rivers.

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