San Jose denizens show support to protect Coyote Valley

San Jose City Mayor Sam Liccardo led a host of other passionate speakers who took turns in addressing a huge crowd that gathered in front of San Jose City Hall to show support to protect Coyote Valley which has been threatened by development for decades. Coyote Valley offers is irreplaceable: wetlands that buffer against flooding, an essential wildlife habitat and migratory area, active farmlands, and open space for all of us to enjoy.

As one of the last remaining undeveloped valley floors in the Bay Area and the only connection between the Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range, rallyists emphasized for the need to take action to preserve this remarkable place for people, wildlife and our environment.

“We need to move beyond the outdated and unsustainable model of suburban sprawl, to protect our green spaces and hillsides, and embrace the emerging opportunity of building a vibrant Downtown worthy of Silicon Valley’s urban center,” appealed Liccardo,

Coyote Valley is home to some more than 200 species of birds, offers an inclusive wildlife corridor for the region while bobcats, coyotes, and other wildlife depend on the valley floor for habitat and migration passage.

Many birds such as burrowing owls and the endangered tri-colored blackbirds live in the grasslands, wetlands, and fields.

It has more than a thousand acres of wetlands and a secure source of drinking water and natural flood protection reducing the risk of natural disasters by capturing and storing floodwaters like those that devastated San Jose in 2017.

Its more than 4000 acresfarmland in production is a source of locally-grown food and absorbs carbon from the atmosphere. It is a counterweight to urban sprawl, which exacerbates traffic congestion and reduces air and water quality.

“Two of my priorities are to improve the quality of life and the environment of San Jose. Protecting Coyote Valley offers the City of San Jose a natural way to reduce future flooding risk with beautiful open space that city residents can enjoy,” San Jose City District 2 Councilmember Sergio Jimenez echoed.

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