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D7: Partnerships for the Conservation of Habitat Lands*

About This Project

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.


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

On Target
Start FY 2014 / Finish FY 2028
Safe, Clean Water Fund ($10.5 million); Watershed and Stream Stewardship Fund; Water Utility Enterprise Fund
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News & Updates

Key Performance Indicator for the Safe, Clean Water Program

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

  • The District Board of Directors approved a funding agreement with the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency (VHA) on October 9, 2018. The agreement provides up to $8 million to fund conservation objectives and purchase of reserve areas, beginning with $1 million this year and the remaining $7 million provided by 2025.

  • The District developed draft Criteria for the Allocation of Partnership Funding for the Conservation of Habitat Lands for Project D7 that were presented to the Board of Directors on July 11, 2017. The Board authorized the Chief Executive Officer to negotiate a partnership agreement with the Valley Habitat Agency (VHA) to support the acquisition and management of preserve lands to support water supply strategies in the District’s 2017 Water Supply Master Plan.

  • The Habitat Plan has streamlined permit acquisition for District dam, pipeline, and recharge facilities. Critically, the Habitat Plan is the vehicle to fulfill key Endangered Species Act (ESA) requirements applicable to the Anderson Dam Seismic Retrofit project. The Habitat Plan identifies mitigation for the Coyote Ceanothus population that will be removed by the construction and specifies acquisition or creation of another population prior to reconstruction of the dam.



Updated January 2019

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Reports & Documents

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Environmental & Community Benefits

Key Performance Indicator for the Safe, Clean Water Program

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


  • 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

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.