Palo Alto Horizontal Levee

Palo Alto Horizontal Levee

Palo Alto Horizontal Levee

Conceptual Designs

The City of Palo Alto and consultant ESA recently completed conceptual designs for a horizontal levee at the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant. Three objectives were prioritized:

  • Restore rare and historic ecotone transition slope habitat along the Bay’s shoreline for special status
    species;
  • Adapt to sea level rise by providing a transitional ecotone slope that will support freshwater plants to build organic soils to keep pace with some level of sea level rise and to allow wetland habitat bands to migrate up slope with rising water levels;
  • And provide tertiary-treated wastewater to enhance ecological functionality of the horizontal levee.

Next Steps

The Transforming Shoreline Program recently secured funds from the Environmental Protection Agency – Climate Ready Estuary to advance designs and permitting for the Palo Alto Horizontal Levee. Additional funds will be needed to reach implementation.