The SVO Voices Support for SB 881 (Wieckowski)

The Silicon Valley Organization advocacy

On behalf of The Silicon Valley Organization (The SVO), we are writing to support SB 881 which would add the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project (Shoreline Project) to the list of flood control projects authorized to receive state funds. By way of background, we are the Silicon Valley’s premier business advocacy organization representing 1,400+ companies that employ nearly 300,000 workers and we represent our membership as the region’s largest Chamber of Commerce.

The Shoreline Project will provide protection from 1-percent tidal flooding in urban areas adjacent to the South San Francisco Bay, restore up to 25 square miles of habitat, and provide public access and recreation. A 1-percent tidal event has been estimated to cause $6.14 billion in damages across 4,700 acres of low-lying areas. In these areas, there is the potential for damage to vital infrastructure including the San Jose-Santa Clara regional wastewater facilities, the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center, and major regional highways such as Route 237. In addition to that, the homes of approximately 2,500 residents and many of our Silicon Valley business members would be impacted by this potential flooding. SVO members that could be impacted by potential flooding include prestigious companies, such as: Google, Cisco Systems, and many more small to medium sized businesses in the region.

Thank you for your leadership as you continue to advance flood control protections throughout Silicon Valley. We support including state funding support for the Shoreline Project through the provisions of SB 881 and we look forward to partnering with your office on this bill.