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D8: South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Partnership*

About This Project

This project reuses local sediment from streams flowing into San Francisco Bay to create and rehabilitate habitat in the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration. The District reuses sediment that has to be removed from streams to maintain their capacity to carry floodwaters. In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the clean sediment is applied to appropriate locations to improve the success of the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration effort.

 

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

Sediment Resued Build along Maintenance Road at Pond A8
Datapoints
Status
Adjusted (schedule adjustment)
Location
Countywide
Schedule
Start FY 2014 / Finish FY 2028
Funding
Safe, Clean Water Fund ($4.1 million)
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Environmental and Community BenefitsEnvironmental and Community Benefits
History and BackgroundHistory and Background
News & Updates

Key Performance Indicators for the Safe, Clean Water Program 

KPI #1: Establish agreement with FWS to reuse sediment at locations to improve the success of Salt Pond restoration activities. 

  • Completed in FY14.

KPI #2: Construct site improvements up to $4 million to allow for transportation and placement of future sediment.

  • In FY17, the Stream Maintenance Program (SMP) deposited 85,00 cubic yards (approximately 97,500 tons) of sediment on the Pond A8 levee constructing a gentle slope that will be a good substrate for marsh vegetation to grow on. No site improvements were needed to transport and place sediment to Pond A8 in FY17. No further activities are anticipated until necessary permitting for construction of the slope is received which may not occur until next year. 

 

Updated January 2018 

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Reports & Documents

No current documents. 

Environmental & Community Benefits

Key Performance Indicators for the Safe, Clean Water Program

  1. Establish agreement with FWS to reuse sediment at locations to improve the success of Salt Pond restoration activities.

  2. Construct site improvements up to $4 million to allow for transportation and placement of future sediment.

Benefits

  • Accelerates progress of an important tidal wetland restoration project

  • Reduces disposal costs for sediment that has been removed from local channels to maintain flood carrying capacity

  • Increases space availability in local landfills

Geographic Area of Benefit

Countywide 

 

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.