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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.

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

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


  • Fiscal Year 2017 was not a grant cycle year; Fiscal Year 2018 will be the third grant cycle. 

  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the District continued to administer the 12 grants that were awarded in Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2016. 

  • 1 grant project, the Secure Pharmaceutical Collection Bin Expansion by the California Product Stewardship Council was completed in Fiscal Year 2017. 

  • On July 25, 2017, the Board approved amending the West Valley College Track and Sports Field Stormwater Pollution Reduction Project Grant agreement to change the scope of work and to extend the agreement by three years, until June 30, 2020, to implement the modified project. The amendment allows West Valley College to treat stormwater runoff from its Parking Lot 2 instead of track and sports field.


  • 2 partnerships were established/extended in FY 2017. These were: 

    • San José Watershed Community Stewardship & Engagement Project, which has been extended until June 30, 2018 with additional funding of $350,000 each from the District and the City of San José. 

    • Pollution Prevention and Zero Waste Program 


Updated September 2017

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.