A controversial plan to build a flood detention basin at Mountain View's Cuesta Park Annex may be off the table.
An 8- to 12-foot-deep basin was previously proposed as part of a $40 million Santa Clara Valley Water District project to provide flood protection in the Permanente Creek watershed.
But the water district's board of directors will consider a "final subsequent environmental impact report" Tuesday that doesn't include the basin, project manager Afshin Rouhani told The Daily News.
Rouhani said the basin was removed for three major reasons, one being considerable outcry from residents of Mountain View and Los Altos.
"We continue to receive a lot of opposition to the project regarding doing any work at Cuesta Annex," he said.
Without the basin, the project will also have fewer "significant and unavoidable" impacts and remain on budget, Rouhani said. Building the basin would result in cost overruns of $4 million to $5 million.
The 8- to 12-foot-deep basin would cover 4.5 acres of the 12.5-acre annex and hold 30 to 35 acre-feet of water. The water district initially proposed building a 20- to 25-feet-deep basin but revised the size in response to public outcry.
The water district can still meet project objectives, including providing flood protection to 1,378 homes, 160 businesses and four schools downstream of El Camino Real from a 100-year flood, Rouhani said. Such a flood has a 1 percent chance of happening
The basin would've protected an additional 300 to 400 parcels in the same area as well as reduced flooding around El Camino Hospital, Rouhani said. Independent of the basin, the hospital could make improvements to its property to keep floodwaters from reaching its doors.
Rouhani noted that the decision of whether to eliminate the basin ultimately lies in the hands of the water district's board of directors. Like the Mountain View City Council in January, the board might favor a project that offers more protection.
But longtime opponents such as Robert Schick of Los Altos are hoping the idea is dropped once and for all.
"People still need to show up at the Nov. 20 meeting and reinforce what we've been saying all along," Schick told The Daily News when reached by telephone Tuesday night. "I'm hoping (board members) ultimately consider themselves public servants and do what the public is asking."
Schick said a basin would destroy Cuesta Park Annex's historical significance.
It is home to the remnants of the last prune orchard in Santa Clara Valley and one of the last places in Mountain View where people can catch the same glimpse of the Santa Cruz Mountains that past generations enjoyed.
"The Cuesta Annex is living history," Schick said. "There's plenty of murdered history in the valley we can read about in books."
IF YOU GO
WHAT: The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors will consider a final subsequent environmental impact report for the Permanent Creek Flood Protection project.
WHEN: Tuesday, at 9 a.m.
WHERE: Board Chambers, Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters, 5700 Almaden Expressway, San Jose
MORE INFO: The final subsequent environmental impact report is available at