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B4: Good Neighbor Program: Encampment Cleanup

This project supports the District’s ongoing coordination with local cities and agencies to clean up large creekside encampments that contaminate waterways and damage District facilities. This cooperative effort includes local police departments, social services, and nonprofit advocacy groups that help provide alternatives to homelessness.


  • Reduces trash and other pollutant loads in surface water, including streams, reservoirs and wetlands
  • Improves the aesthetics of creeks in neighborhoods and parks
  • Coordinates efforts among multiple agencies to create lasting solutions

Project Status

(As of June 2017)

  • Cleaned up 407 encampments in FY17 between July 1, 2016 - April 1, 2017
  • Removed 12,698 cubic yards of trash and debris (1 cubic yard = 1 shopping cart)
  • Performance exceeds the key performance indicator due to a rise in the number of encampments and increased requests from citizens and cities to remove encampments


Key Performance Indicator

  1. Perform 52 annual cleanups for the duration of the Safe, Clean Water Program to reduce the amount of trash and pollutants entering the streams



Prioity B-200

Project Information

Status On Target 
Project StartFY 2014
Project FinishFY 2028
Safe Clean Water
Program funding
 $6.8 M**

(2015 Dollars)

**More financial information: 5-Year Implementation Plan, pages: 19-27


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