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D3: Grants and Partnerships to Restore Wildlife Habitat

 This project provides grants and partnerships for activities such as developing Stream Corridor Priority Plans; creating or enhancing wetland, riparian and tidal marsh habitat; protecting special status species; removing fish migration barriers; installing fish ladders; removing non-native, invasive plant species; and planting native species. The project includes 7 grant cycles, 1 held approximately every other year during the 15-year duration of the Safe, Clean Water Program, as well as funding for partnerships that restore stream and wetland habitat and provide open space access.

This project also funds work that provides access to creekside trails or trails that provide a significant link to the creekside trail network, for example, the possible construction of a bridge over Coyote Creek in the Rock Spring neighborhood.


  • Enhances creek and bay ecosystems
  • Improves fish passage and habitat
  • Expands trail and open space access
  • Leverages community funding through grants
  • Increases collaborations and partnerships for stewardship activities with cities, the County, nonprofit organizations, schools and other stakeholders

Project Status

(As of November 2016)

Partnership and grant agreements awarded up to March 2016 are listed in the attached table.

  1. Wildlife Habitat Restoration
    • 2nd Funding Cycle (Funding awarded to grantees)
      • On March 18, 2016, eleven proposals were received and these proposals will be evaluated by a review panel.
      • On December 8, 2015, the board approved and funded 4 projects to support wildlife habitat restoration see press release. The RFP (Request for Project Proposals) for the FY 2016 Wildlife Habitat Restoration Grants and Partnerships has been extended.
      • On August 10, six (6) proposals were received and these proposals will be evaluated by a panel consisting wildlife habitat restoration experts
      • On May 27, 2015, 36 interested parties participated in the FY2016 D3 Project Workshop.
      • In May 2015, Fiscal Year 2016 Request for Proposals is released.
      • On March 24, 2015, the Board approved the schedule for FY 2016 funding cycle priority themes, evaluation criteria and schedule.
      • In August 2014, request for partnership proposals were posted at the District website.
    • Partnership Agreements
      • In August 2015, District staffs participate in kick off meeting held by San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory.
      • On May 26, 2015, the Board approved two partnerships for wildlife habitat restoration, see press release. This resulted from two rounds of partnership proposals were solicited, and a total of six proposals received and evaluated.
      • On May 13, 2015, a web-based proposal solicitation portal was launched and the request for proposals was released via emails, a press release and constant contact postings.
    • 1st Funding Cycle Completed:
  2. Trails and Open Space (one funding cycle completed)
    • On June 2015, staff executed three agreements for approved grant projects.
    • On February 24, 2015, the Board approved three trails grant projects, see press release, and Table 1 provides a list of these grants.
    • On September 18, 2014, request for proposals issued see press release.
  3. Stream Corridor Priority Plan
    • Stream Corridor Priority Plans (SCPPs) are in development as a part of the Integrated Water Resources Master Plan, which is a major water district planning effort currently underway. In FY15, a partnership with the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority (OSA) was also established, along with another partnership agreement with the Aquatic Science Center (ASC) a JPA affiliated with the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI). Both ASC and OSA will partner with the water district in the creation of master plans for all five major watershed areas. Once each watershed master plan is prepared, a SCPP will then be prepared for that watershed. The work is proceeding on schedule to meet the 5-Year Implementation Plan Targets.



Key Performance Indicator

  1. Develop 5 Stream Corridor Priority Plans to prioritize stream restoration activities.
  2. Provide 7 grant cycles and additional partnerships for $21 million that follow pre-established criteria related to the creation or restoration of wetlands, riparian habitat, and favorable stream conditions for fisheries and wildlife, and providing new public access to trails.

Priority D-200

Project Information

StatusOn Target
Project StartFY 2014
Project FinishFY 2028
Safe Clean Water
Program funding

$24.7 M**

(2015 Dollars)

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

Grant Opportunity

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