It’s hurricane season and, as I write this, my thoughts are with the families of the Carolinas as they recover from the wake of Hurricane Florence. It’s hard to watch and, unfortunately, something that we will likely see more of in the coming decades.
Given that Californians are usually talking about drought, it may be easy to forget that we’re not immune to this type of natural disaster here in the Bay Area. It was just last year that downtown San Jose flooded forcing 14,000 people from their homes and causing over $100 million in damage.
The city has taken important steps to protect the neighborhoods of Rock Springs and Williams Street from future flooding. But San Jose citizens also have an opportunity to help prevent this type of event from happening again – and it’s through the November 6 ballot. As election day gets closer, here’s what you need to know regarding water, flooding and the future of the city:
On November 6, San Jose residents have an opportunity to vote to protect precious wetlands and secure cost-effective, natural flood control infrastructure.
This is our chance to help protect San Jose from future flooding and protect a source of our clean drinking water. And, as a bonus, we can protect Coyote Valley from development; it is one of the last remaining valley floors in the Bay Area and a critical linkage for wildlife.
I’m hopeful for the future, but don’t forget to vote on November 6!
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 79,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more