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Pollution prevention and wildlife habitat restoration grants and partnerships totaling $1.6 million awarded

Contact: Marty Grimes
Office: 408-630-2881
Mobile: 408-681-9265

SAN JOSE—On Dec. 8, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors awarded a total of eight grants and partnerships for pollution prevention projects and four grants for wildlife habitat restoration. In all, the grants and partnerships total $1,593,680 and are funded through the voter-approved Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.
Prioity B-200For pollution prevention, funds will be awarded to:
  1. San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society ($35,391) for its Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Cleanup 2016 Project which will remove 8 to 12 tons of embedded trash from 2 square miles of tidal marshlands, mudflats and adjacent uplands, in addition to trash tracking efforts, an interpretive display and public outreach;
  2. Acterra ($93,617) for its Greening Urban Watersheds Project to promote rain barrels, cisterns, and rain gardens and to conduct creek cleanup events to remove trash;
  3. Silicon Valley Senior Services ($90,525) for its program to assist seniors and disabled citizens with safe pick-up of pharmaceutical waste;
  4. Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition ($89,399) to conduct 12 volunteer trash cleanups, recruit 700 volunteers and implement a docent-led walks program along 5 miles of north Coyote Creek;
  5. Santa Clara County ($200,000) for the Santa Clara County Pollution Prevention and Zero Waste Program, including the Green Business Program;
  6. West Valley College ($71,068) for storm water quality improvements at the campus’s Parking Lot 6 and North Walk;
  7. South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition ($60,000) to recruit volunteers to conduct creek clean ups, make presentations and organize a citizen monitoring network at three sites on Los Gatos Creek; and
  8. University of California Cooperative Extension ($60,000) for a project to demonstrate at two sites how to effectively store and compost livestock manure.
Priority D-200For wildlife habitat restoration, funds will be awarded to:

  1. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District ($484,650) to help restore ¾ miles of Hendrys Creek through the removal of 14 in-stream structures and invasive plants, the installation of watershed-specific plants and road improvements;
  2. Acterra ($136,469) to restore a degraded tributary to Moody Creek, located in Byrne Preserve, through community engagement, monitoring of vegetation and channel geometry, invasive plant removal and native plant re-vegetation;
  3. Acterra ($107,561) to enhance the Arastradero Creek Watershed through the installation of 2,000 feet of swale-and-berm structures, the removal of invasive plants and the planting of native species; and
  4. West Valley College ($165,000) to remove invasive vegetation on the campus and re-vegetate with native species.

District will work with these entities to develop grants and partnership agreements for execution before June 30, 2016. Projects awarded grants and partnerships under this funding cycle are targeted for completion by June 30, 2019.

Because not all of the available funding for wildlife habitat restoration has been awarded, the water district plans to dedicate approximately $200,000 of the remaining funds to collaborate with community groups and other interested parties to develop a Stream Corridor Priority Plan. In addition, the water district plans to extend the solicitation for wildlife habitat restoration projects.

The grant and partnership funding comes from the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, which was approved by voters in 2012. Each year, one or more grant programs will have a new funding cycle. This cycle will fund grants and partnerships for pollution prevention and wildlife habitat restoration projects. In response to community input, the solicitation includes planning and feasibility studies. Further details (including deadlines) will be posted at

During the 15-year life of the Safe, Clean Water Program, the water district expects to distribute nearly $35 million in grants, partnerships and rebate programs to support the water district’s mission to provide Silicon Valley safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment and economy.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's nearly 1.9 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.