On January 15, Bay Planning Coalition joined Santa Clara Valley Water and other partner agencies to celebrate the installation of the X-Band Radar at the Penitencia Water Treatment Plant in San Jose. This radar is the first permanent X-Band radar installation in the Bay Area as part of the regional project, the SF Bay Advanced Quantitative Precipitation Information (SF Bay AQPI). Bay Planning Coalition is a proud member of the SF Bay AQPI project team, providing stakeholder engagement and outreach.
Speakers at the event included Valley Water, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), funder of the regional project, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), technical lead for the project, SFPUC, Sonoma Water, and other East Bay agencies who are operating or in process of siting X-Band radars. SF Bay AQPI is a region-wide effort to improve forecasting of precipitation and flood events in the Bay Area, which will allow water agencies, flood control districts, emergency responders, and others to respond quickly and effectively. Two more radars are scheduled for installation later in 2020 in the East Bay and Peninsula. Learn more about AQPI here.