Protect Coyote Valley: Build In Urban Areas
Coyote Valley is 7,400 acres of lush farmland and vast open space that provides an awe-inspiring landscape to explore. It is a crucial water resource for Silicon Valley. Its flood plain protects San Jose. It is home to wildlife, including endangered species. Coyote Valley is critical to the ecosystem of the entire South Bay. We must preserve it and encourage growth within existing cities and towns.
Originally scheduled for April 30, 2020, the San Jose General Plan Task Force has temporarily delayed its meeting to discuss the future of Coyote Valley and whether or not to allow development there. While we await a new date, we need you to stand with us, and make it known that we want a climate-smart San Jose! We want growth in the right places — away from the vital open space lands of Coyote Valley and within city limits near jobs and services.
We must protect Coyote Valley from sprawl development because:
- It provides natural resources we depend on, especially as we combat climate change.
- It provides critical habitat to some of the Bay Area’s most precious species.
- Coyote Valley is the largest undeveloped portion of Silicon Valley’s groundwater aquifer.
- The valley’s wetlands and riparian areas act as natural water treatment plants that improve groundwater quality.
- Coyote Valley has over 2,500 acres of floodplain, providing flood protection to residents of south San Jose.
- Nearly 1 million people in San Jose and 2 million people in Santa Clara County benefit from the farming Coyote Valley provides.
- Coyote Valley is home to wildlife like badgers and mountain lions who rely on this open space to safely cross from the Santa Cruz Mountain Range to Mount Hamilton/Diablo Range.
- Coyote Ridge as part of Coyote Valley features some of the best wildflower displays in California on its serpentine soil.
- The Endangered Species Act-listed Bay Checkerspot Butterfly thrives in the Coyote Ridge of the valley.
- Threatened Steelhead Trout still migrate up through Coyote Valley’s Coyote Creek.
With just a few clicks below, you can send an email to the General Plan Task Force to show your support for the protection of Coyote Valley. Act now!
For questions or more information about our work in Coyote Valley or the South Bay, feel free to reach out to our South Bay Advocacy Manager, Kiyomi Honda Yamamoto.