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Projects and activities on our Alameda and Peninsula Watersheds, as well as on our Rights-of-Way (ROW) lands in Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo Counties, that involve: construction; digging or earth moving; clearing; installation; the use of hazardous materials; other disturbance to watershed and ROW resources; or the issuance of new or revised leases and permits; must be reviewed by our Project Review Committee (Committee).

Project Review Committee
The Committee consists of staff from the Natural Resources and Lands Management Division (NRLMD), Bureau of Environmental Management (BEM), Water Supply and Treatment Division (WSTD), Real Estate Services (RES) and the City Attorney's Office. This multi-disciplinary team reviews projects and activities for:

  1. conformity with the Alameda and Peninsula Watershed Management Plans;
  2. consistency with our Environmental Stewardship Policy, ROW and other policies, and best management practices; and
  3. completion of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review and applicable environmental permitting processes.

In reviewing the proposed project, the Committee may indicate that modifications or avoidance and minimization measures are necessary. Therefore, it is important to schedule projects for review at the earliest opportunity.

Monthly Project Review Committee Meetings
Meetings are generally held twice per month at the NRLMD/Water Quality Division (WQD) facility at 1657 Rollins Road in Burlingame. To schedule review of a project located on SFPUC Watershed or ROW Lands, please contact:

Michael Oakes
Land and Resources Planner
(650) 652-3216 or

Project Review Application
The below-linked project review application is short, simple and focused on obtaining a complete project description to facilitate expeditious review. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the Committee meeting so that the Committee will have adequate time to evaluate them.

Issuing a Certificate

Upon successful completion of the project review process, the Committee will issue a certificate that will enable project managers to obtain access permits, if required, and watershed/ROW gate keys for consultants and contractors.

Project Review Application

Please complete this form as a digital PDF, print it and sign the declaration in Section 6, then scan and email it with all required attachments.

Right of Way Requirements

Numerous parcels of land on the ROW are utilized for a multitude of purposes. These lands are either leased or administered with revocable land use permits.

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Last updated: 3/6/2018 12:28:42 PM