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D7: Partnerships for the Conservation of Habitat Lands

Funding from this project helps the community acquire important habitat land to preserve local ecosystems. The project supports implementation of the Valley Habitat Plan, a multi-agency agreement that pools mitigation dollars to purchase large areas of habitat land for conservation.


  • Fulfills a portion of the District’s acre allocation to the Valley Habitat Plan
  • Protects, enhances and restores natural resources in Santa Clara County
  • Contributes to the recovery of special status species
  • Coordinates regional mitigation projects to create larger, less fragmented conservation lands that are more beneficial for wildlife and the environment
  • Provides for endangered species and wetlands mitigation for future water supply and flood protection projects

Project Status

(As of  September 2017)

  • The Valley Habitat Agency (VHA), a Joint Powers Authority that administers the plan has begun implementation of permit requirements including identification of target preserve acquisitions once the Valley Habitat Plan was approved by Wildlife Agencies and subsequent permit issued on July 30, 2013.
  • Per IMC request District Staff is developing a funding criteria and selection process for funds allocation in FY-17-18.
  • The VHA is working with local partners and interested entities to identify and evaluate possible land acquisition candidates during FY 15-16 with a goal of identifying possible candidates for partnership funds.
  • The VHA is working with SCCO Parks to restore two sites in Calero Co Park to meet the wetlands mitigation "stay ahead" provision of the Valley Habitat Plan.

Key Performance Indicator

  1. Provide up to $8 million for the acquisition of property for the conservation of habitat lands.

Priority D-200

FY17 Annual Project Status 

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

$10.9 M**

(2015 Dollars)

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

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