This project provides grants and partnerships for activities such as developing Stream Corridor Priority Plans; creating or enhancing wetland, riparian and tidal marsh habitat; protecting special status species; removing fish migration barriers; installing fish ladders; removing non-native, invasive plant species; and planting native species. The project includes 7 grant cycles, 1 held approximately every other year during the 15-year duration of the Safe, Clean Water Program, as well as funding for partnerships that restore stream and wetland habitat and provide open space access. This project also funds work that provides access to creekside trails or trails that provide a significant link to the creekside trail network, for example, the possible construction of a bridge over Coyote Creek in the Rock Springs neighborhood.
Key Performance Indicators for the Safe, Clean Water Program
KPI #1: Develop 5 Stream Corridor Priority Plans to prioritize stream restoration activities.
In FY17, the District analyzed existing and available information to assess which creeks would be most suitable for the first SCPPs. Candidate creeks were selected based on a qualitative assessment of opportunities for small-scale ecological projects along the creek. Creeks with good existing information rose to the top of a list of potential SCPPs. The District assessed the following creeks as the highest -priority for developing SCPPs.
Lower Peninsula Watershed - Stevens Creek
Coyote Watershed - Coyote Creek (candidate reach is approx. Montague to Coyote Narrows)
Guadalupe Watershed - Guadalupe River
Pajaro Watershed - Uvas Creek (downstream of Uvas Reservoir)
West Valley Watershed - Saratoga Creek
Additional high-priority creeks also include: San Francisquito, Upper Penitencia, Silver/Thompson, Los Gatos, Pajaro, and Permanente. Any of these creeks may be selected for SCPP development if higher priority creeks are ruled-out or postponed. Specific reaches to be included in the SCPPs will be determined independently, as individual plans are initiated.
In FY18, Stevens Creek will be the first creek for which a Stream Corridor Priority Plan will be developed. Work was initiated for Stevens Creek, but delayed due to staffing issues.
KPI #2: Provide 7 grant cycles and additional partnerships for $21 million that follow pre-established criteria related to the creation or restoration of wetlands, riparian habitat and favorable stream conditions for fisheries and wildlife, and providing new public access to trails.
Wildlife Habitat Restoration Pilot Mini-Grants Program
On July 24, 2017, the District released the pilot mini-grants program. A total of $200,000 is available for grands of no more than $5,000 per grantee, to contribute to efforts related to:
Enhance creek and bay ecosystems
Improve fish passage and habitat
Increase community awareness and understanding of watershed stewardship
Mini-grant funding will be available on an ongoing basis until all funding is awarded. For more information on the mini-grants program, please review the program overview.
Wildlife Habitat Restoration Grants
Partnership and grant agreements awarded prior to June 30, 2017 are listed in the Grants and Partnerships to Restore Wildlife Habitats tables. The Board awarded a total of 22 Wildlife Habitat Restoration grants during the 2 grant cycles (FY14 and FY16). Additionally, 2 partnerships were executed in FY15. The third grant cycle will be released in FY18.
To date, 5 grants have been completed and these are:
McClellan Ranch Preserve Meadow Enhancement Project by Grassroots Ecology (formerly Acterra Stewardship), completed in June 2017.
Foothills Park Riparian Enhancement Project by Grassroots Ecology (formerly Acterra Stewardship), completed in June 2017.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve South Valley Meadow Restoration by Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, completed in June 2017.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve South Valley Meadow Restoration by Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, completed in November 2016.
Trails and Open Space Grants
The District opened the FY18 grant cycle for Trails and Open Space from August 4-October 27, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their funding status by March 2018. Funding recommendations will be presented to the Board in March 2018.
Partnership and grant agreements awarded prior to June 30, 2017 are listed in the Grants and Partnerships for Trails and Open Spaces tables. In February 2015, the Board approved 3 trails grant projects. This table provides a list of these grants.
Updated September 2017
Key Performance Indicators for the Safe, Clean Water Program
Develop 5 Stream Corridor Priority Plans to prioritize stream restoration activities.
Provide 7 grant cycles and additional partnerships for $21 million that follow pre-established criteria related to the creation or restoration of wetlands, riparian habitat, and favorable stream conditions for fisheries and wildlife, and providing new public access to trails.
Enhances creek and bay ecosystems
Improves fish passage and habitat
Expands trail and open space access
Leverages community funding through grants
Increases collaborations and partnerships for stewardship activities with cities, the county, nonprofit organizations, schools and other stakeholders
Geographic Area of Benefit
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.