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B4: Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts*

About This Project

This project provides funding for Valley Water’s creek stewardship program to support volunteer cleanup activities, such as National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Great American Litter Pick Up, Adopt-A-Creek and the Creek Connections Action Group; along with creekwise education and regional coordination efforts.

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

Datapoints
Status
On Target
Location
Countywide
Schedule
Start FY 2022 / Finish FY 2036
Funding
Safe, Clean Water Fund ($5.1 million); Watershed Stream Stewardship Fund
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Reports and DocumentsReports and Documents
Environmental and Community BenefitsEnvironmental and Community Benefits
History and BackgroundHistory and Background
News & Updates

Volunteer cleanup events

  • Adopt-A-Creek (Year Round) - FREE! Sign up to make a difference in your local creeks now. We provide the permits, supplies, and even assist you in disposing of the trash! Minimum requirement is two cleanups per year. To become an Adopt-A-Creek partner or for more information, visit https://www.valleywater.org/learning-center/adopt-a-creek
  • National River Cleanup DayThis year, the event took place on Saturday, May 21. Volunteers were able to register on Eventbrite to receive safety guidelines, recycling and hazardous waste information, and sign up to pick up supplies such as trash bags, litter sticks, and gloves at a variety of locations throughout the County. Volunteers recorded their cleanup efforts on an app called CleanSwell. A total of 596 volunteers removed about 25,265 pounds of trash, including approximately 2,570 pounds of recyclables, along 36 miles in Santa Clara County.  
  • Coastal Cleanup Day - Valley Water, in partnership with the Creek Connections Action Group (CCAG), will be hosting Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Register for a cleanup on cleanacreek.org!

August 2022

For more information:

 

Valley Water Youth Commissioners and volunteers clearing trash from Guadalupe River for Coastal Cleanup Day 2021.

 

Volunteers with the South Bay Yacht Club clear trash from Alviso Slough in Milpitas on Coastal Cleanup Day 2021.
Reports & Documents

No current documents

Environmental & Community Benefits

FY22-36 Key Performance Indicator for the Safe, Clean Water program 

  1. Fund Valley Water’s creek stewardship program to support volunteer cleanup activities, such as annual National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Great American Litter Pick Up, and the Adopt-A-Creek Program.

Benefits

  • Reduces contaminants entering our waterways and groundwater

  • Engages and educates the community, and supports watershed stewardship

  • Leverages volunteer community resources for efficient use of funds

Geographic Area of Benefit 

Countywide 

    History & Background

    About the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program

    In November 2020, voters in Santa Clara County overwhelmingly approved Measure S, a renewal of Valley Water’s Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.

    The program was first passed by voters in 2000 as the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Plan, then again in 2012 as the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program. The renewal of the Safe, Clean Water Program will continue to provide approximately $47 million annually for local projects that deliver safe, clean water, natural flood protection, and environmental stewardship to all the communities we serve in Santa Clara County.

    While evaluating ways to improve the 2012 program, Valley Water gathered feedback from more than 21,000 community members. That helped Valley Water create the six priorities for the renewed Safe, Clean Water Program, which are:

    • Priority A: Ensure a Safe, Reliable Water Supply
    • Priority B: Reduce Toxins, Hazards and Contaminants in our Waterways
    • Priority C: Protect our Water Supply and Dams from Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters
    • Priority D: Restore Wildlife Habitat and Provide Open Space
    • Priority E: Provide Flood Protection to Homes, Businesses, Schools, Streets and Highways
    • Priority F: Support Public Health and Public Safety for Our Community

    Each year, Valley Water 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. Additionally, the IMC also reviews each proposed 5-year implementation plan prior to its submittal for Board approval.

    In addition, the program requires three independent audits.

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