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RE: Pope-Chaucer Bridge Replacement

From: domainremoved <Jessica>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:48:39 -0800

Mr. Hubbell,

Thank you so much for your comments. I will be sure to share this with the project team.

I would also like to share with you an update on the project status, which is currently posted on our webpage and titled "A message from the SFCJPA: Upstream of Hwy. 101 projects going forward."


Thank you again for your interest in the project.


Public Information Representative
District Communications Unit
Office of the CEO
Santa Clara Valley Water District
(408) 630-2200

From: bob hubbell [mailto:rghubbell_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:27 AM
To: Jessica Collins; jpa_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: city.council_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Pope-Chaucer Bridge Replacement

Dear Ms. Collins and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority,

Our family has lived along the San Francisquito Creek for nearly 20 years and as homeowners we certainly understand and support the need to protect properties from flood damage. However, the San Francisquito Creek watershed is a unique resource for our area and provides a welcome natural environment in an otherwise highly urban landscape. The creek's ecosystem supports a variety of wildlife. In fact, over the last few years we have seen more steelhead swimming upstream to spawn than ever before. One of the reasons we moved to the neighborhood was because of the creek's natural beauty and character, of which the mature trees that grow along the creek's banks form an integral part. Their root systems also help to stabilize the creek banks and prevent erosion.

We like that we live in a city that is a Tree City USA community (there is also a tree prominent in our city's logo) and so it should come as no surprise that we feel strongly about protecting trees. We are opposed to flood walls or other containment measures as they would disrupt the creek's natural balance and kill off the trees. If there is a flood control issue with the current Pope-Chaucer bridge configuration we would support a bridge replacement so long as there was absolutely no negative impact to the creek's environment. Ideally, we would love to have the bridge removed entirely and replaced instead with a bicycle and pedestrian only bridge.

We strongly urge that any flood control measures enhance, or at a minimum preserve, the creek's natural character and beauty, with the trees and rich ecosystem it supports.


Bob Hubbell
Dana Shields
Charlie Hubbell
1231 Woodland Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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Received on Thu Feb 13 2014 - 16:48:16 PST

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