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WHEN: Thursday, June 14th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  One Kaiser Plaza, Suite 1150, Oakland, CA 94612

SPEAKER: Len Materman, Executive Director, San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority

BIO: For the past nine years, Len has led the projects, operations, finances, and communications of this independent regional government agency in Silicon Valley. During that time, funding for SFCJPA capital projects – including the largest multi-county Sea Level Rise, ecosystem restoration, and recreation project in California – has grown from zero to over $95 million from local, state, federal and private sources. Len reports to a Board of elected officials from three cities and large water agencies in two counties. Their work together has led to the SFCJPA being highlighted as a model of regional collaboration in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, major Bay Area media, and in the recently published book Managing Flood Risk: Innovative Approaches from Big Floodplain Rivers and Urban Streams. In May 2018, the SFCJPA’s regional early warning system was given a Technology Innovation Award by the national Government Technology program. Previously, Len worked at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment; as a consultant to nonprofits, foundations, and the U.S. State Department; and as executive producer of a film on water that was broadcast nationally on PBS. During the Clinton Administration, he served as a full-time advisor to the Director of FEMA and as FEMA’s representative on two White House task forces related to the environment. Prior to his work in Washington, Len was the director of government affairs for UC Berkeley. Len has degrees in political science and biological sciences from UC Davis.

TOPIC: Innovative Regional Approaches to Funding and Implementing Flood Protection in Silicon Valley

SUMMARY: Len Materman will discuss the regional nature of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority’s work, the JPA’s use of innovative practices such as the construction of a horizontal levee as well as exploring other practices such as hydrostatic floodwalls and aggregated private flood insurance, and the design of JPA projects to aggressively protect against sea level rise (9 feet above today’s high tide).

COST: FMA 2017 Members - $15; Non-Members - $20

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**Attendees should allow extra time to pass through security on the first floor and check in at the Regional Board office on the 14th floor. 

FMA organizes luncheons in the Bay Area on a variety of topics relating to floodplain management.  If you would like to be added to the notification list please send an e-mail here. If you are interested in a particular speaker or topic, please contact Mary Seits, at


FMA Bay Area Luncheon Presentations

Alameda County Hydrology & Hydraulics Manual

San Francisco Advanced Quantitative Precipitation Information System

Funding Stormwater Services 

Sustainable Funding for Stormwater Services

San Francisco Bay Area Study (March 2013, 6 MB)


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