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B3: Pollution Prevention Partnerships and Grants*

About This Project

This project provides pollution prevention grants to qualified local agencies, nonprofit groups, schools, etc., totaling an average of $500,000 per cycle. In addition, up to $200,000 per year goes toward partnerships with municipalities for specific programs to reduce contaminants in surface or groundwater, and reduce emerging contaminants.

Grants could support programs such as public education to prevent pharmaceuticals from entering waterways, technical assistance to help growers protect groundwater, and partnerships to reduce litter and graffiti.


*This project was voter approved as part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.

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On Target
Start FY 2014 / Finish FY 2028
Safe, Clean Water Fund ($7.6 million)
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History and BackgroundHistory and Background
News & Updates


Board approved 6 new Pollution Prevention grant projects in FY18. The following projects were approved by the Board on May 8, 2018 to receive funding:

  • Reducing Pollutant Source Loads – Loma Prieta Resource Conservation District ($70,636)
  • El Camino Clean Up – Downtown Streets Team Sunnyvale ($122,279)
  • Penitencia Creeks Team – Downtown Streets Team San Jose ($122,279)
  • Keep Santa Clara Valley Beautiful – Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority ($84,500)
  • Westwind Barn Stormwater Infiltration Project – Grassroots Ecology ($70,605)
  • Contaminant Overflow and Backflow Prevention Project – City of Milpitas ($30,745)

Completed B3 Grant Projects:

  1. San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society (SFBWS) completed the Uvas Creek Steelhead Spawning Habitat Project. SFBWS received a $35,391 grant to remove embedded trash in the Santa Clara County portion of the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife refuge, create awareness of litter through use of the Litteratti mobile app, and provide outreach events to engage the community.

    Through the project, 79.95 linear miles of refuge land was cleaned and approximately 6,280lbs of trash were removed; additionally, over 13,000 photos of collected and disposed trash were documented on the Litterati app.
  2. Santa Clara County Creeks Coalition (SCCCC) completed the Trash Free North Coyote Creek Watershed Stewardship and Engagement Project. SCCCC received an $89,399 grant to conduct volunteer trash cleanups and outreach activities, including a docent-led walks program along 5 miles of north Coyote Creek.

    The Grantee conducted 24 cleanup events and removed over 30 tons of trash from the banks of Coyote Creek in north San Jose. Over eight hundred (800) volunteers were recruited to assist with the trash removal and to learn about pollution prevention and ecological restoration of the creek.
  3. The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) completed the Secure Pharmaceutical Collection Bin Expansion Project. CPSC received $206,417 to educate and promote the proper disposal of pharmaceutical waste. CPSC established 50 new collection bins to support the expansion of the “Don’t Rush to Flush, Meds in the Bin, We all Win!” campaign which manages the pharmaceutical collection bin programs throughout California.

    South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition (SBCCC) received $60,000 to outreach, educate, and engage volunteers about the importance of clean and healthy waterways. SBCCC conducted 14 cleanups and organized a citizens monitoring network at 3 sites along 3.5 miles of Los Gatos Creek. SBCCC reported the collection of 9.9 tons of trash.


The following new partnership was established in FY18:

  • The District entered into a partnership with the City of San Jose to support their Encampment Abatement Program. The program will provide resources to Downtown Streets Team to engage homeless individuals to assist with creek cleanups and conduct outreach in the creeks to inform them of the importance of keeping the creeks and other waterways clean. The District is contributing $195,000 to the partnership.


Updated July 2018

Reports & Documents

Status for projects awarded through August 2017 is listed in the attached table.

Environmental & Community Benefits

Key Performance Indicator for the Safe, Clean Water Program 

  1. Provide 7 grant cycles and 5 partnerships that follow pre-established competitive criteria related to preventing or removing pollution.


  • Helps prevent contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, household hazardous waste and trash from entering our waterways

  • Helps meet regulatory requirements as listed under the impaired water bodies listing of the federal Clean Water Act

  • Reduces contaminant source loads in groundwater and surface water, and protects local watersheds

  • Provides public education to reduce contaminants in our waterways

  • Leverages community resources for efficient use of funds

Geographic Area of Benefit 


History & Background

About the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program

In November 2012 the voters of Santa Clara County overwhelmingly approved Measure B, the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, as a countywide special parcel tax for 15 years with a sunset date of June 30, 2028. This Program replaced the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan, which voters approved in November 2000.

The Safe, Clean Water Program was developed with input from more than 16,000 residents and stakeholders and was created to match the community’s needs and values. The voters of Santa Clara County identified five priorities:

Priority A: Ensure a Safe, Reliable Water Supply

Priority B: Reduce Toxins, Hazards and Contaminants in our Waterways

Priority C: Protect our Water Supply from Earthquakes and Natural Disasters

Priority D: Restore Wildlife Habitat and Provide Open Space

Priority E: Provide Flood Protection to Homes, Businesses, Schools and Highways

Other: Six projects from the Clean, Safe, Creeks Plan have been carried forward into the Safe, Clean Water Program.  

Each year, the District prepares a report providing a progress update for each of these Program priorities, along with fiscal year accomplishments.

To ensure transparency and accountability to the voters, the ballot measure also created an Independent Monitoring Committee, appointed by the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. The  Independent Monitoring Committee annually reviews the Program’s progress to ensure the outcomes are achieved in a cost-efficient manner and reports its findings to the Board.

In addition, the Program requires three independent audits, the first of which was conducted in FY 2017.

View the Safe, Clean Water Program’s annual reports, annual IMC audit reports, and independent audits, including a staff response, on the District website.