Welcome to Alviso, where at any given time it can be 10 to 15 feet below sea level.
This neighborhood, which used to be its own bona fide town, sits on the southernmost tip of the bay in San Jose, and it’s the next stop in our series about where our money from Measure AA is going. That's the “Clean and Healthy Bay” tax measure that passed two years ago.
Alviso has a population of about 5,000. It is surrounded by three bodies of water: the San Francisco Bay, Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek. So as you can probably imagine, flooding has always been an issue here. That’s what the South Bay Shoreline Project is trying to change.
“There are people that show up to our public meetings whose homes have flooded three times in their lifetime,” says project manager John Bourgeois.
Alviso currently has flood control measures for its surrounding creeks and streams, but there’s nothing to protect it from the bay.