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Infrastructure Use Case: Water & Transportation


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Infrastructure Use Case: Water & Transportation Workshop

- Liz O’Donoghue, Director, Infrastructure and Land Use, The Nature Conservancy
- Matt Freeman, Assistant General Manager/Project Director, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
- Brian Mendenhall, Project Manager Stream Stewardship Unit, Santa Clara Valley Water District
- Kearey Smith, Senior Planner/Analyst, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
- Emily Tibbott, Senior Program Advisor, California Strategic Growth Council

This presentation was given during a workshop at the Bay Area Greenprint Launch Event on June 21, 2017 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. More info on the Bay Area Open Space Council's blog:

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Infrastructure Use Case: Water & Transportation

  1. 1. Bay Area Greenprint Infrastructure Use Case: Water and Transportation Liz O’Donoghue The Nature Conservancy
  2. 2. Why Infrastructure and the Greenprint? • Early warning signal – reduce risks to project and future obligations • Effectively engage with natural resources agencies and stakeholders • Develop partnerships to achieve shared goals and leverage funding • Incorporate enhancements to the natural environment • Direct strategic mitigation
  3. 3. Water, Conservation and the Greenprint Santa Clara Valley Water District Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
  4. 4. Key Questions: - What are the best locations for conservation investments in multi-benefit projects? - Where are the best opportunities for habitat restoration compatible with improving recharge and flood risk reduction?
  5. 5. One Water Plan: Flood Risk Reduction + Water Supply + Stewardship ONE WATER  Identify multi-benefit projects to improve watershed health  Prepare for grants and funding  Establish priorities for future funding  Improve community and agencies partnerships
  6. 6. Coyote Watershed
  7. 7. Identify Opportunities to Meet Multiple Objectives
  8. 8. The Coyote Valley: Toward A Shared Conservation Vision Image source: SusCon
  9. 9. oInsert Figure Linkage Design
  10. 10. o Natural groundwater recharge. o Additional stormwater capture, providing opportunities to mitigate and reduce downstream flood risk. o Expanded riparian corridor and hundreds of acres of new wetlands, wet meadows, and valley oak savannah. o Improved water quality. Coyote Valley Linkage Co-Benefits: Water Resources Emerging Findings
  11. 11. Transportation and the Greenprint High Speed Rail Authority Alignment MTC, SGC
  12. 12. Plan Bay Area 2040 Projects
  13. 13. Gilroy High Speed Rail Station Area Planning • State policy support for conservation • Urban Growth and Conservation Program • Gilroy: A tale of two station areas (and alignments) • State support at the City and County levels • Potential benefits of Bay Area Greenprint • Science + visuals for decision makers • Synthesize with economic and other data • Pair with urban planning tools
  14. 14. Key Question: • What are the differences in impacts and benefits of two high speed rail alignments near Gilroy?
  15. 15. Questions?
  16. 16. Thank you to: Brian Mendenhall Matt Freeman Kearey Smith Emily Tibbott