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B6: Good Neighbor Program: Remove Graffiti and Litter*

About This Project

This project allows the District to continue responding to complaints about illegal dumping, trash and graffiti on District property and rights-of-way. Cleanup efforts include graffiti removal from headwalls, concrete embankments, signs, structures and other District assets, as well as maintaining, repairing and installing fences and gates so that District structures and facilities remain safe and clean. The project also includes quarterly cleanups of problem sites to help reduce waterway pollution and keep creeks and riparian areas free of debris.

 

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

Graffiti
Datapoints
Status
On Target
Location
Countywide
Schedule
Start FY 2014 / Finish FY 2028
Funding
Safe, Clean Water Fund ($10.0 million ), Watershed and 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

FY 2018, Quarter 3 (July 1, 2017 -March 31, 2018)

  • Removed 86,919 square feet of graffiti in FY18 between July 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017
  • Removed 1,530 cubic yards of trash and debris during 3 litter cleanup events.

  • Average response time across all cases: 1.8 days

 

Updated April 2018

For more information: 

Reports & Documents

No current documents. 

Environmental & Community Benefits

Key Performance Indicator for the Safe, Clean Water Program 

  1. Conduct 60 cleanup events (4 per year).

  2. Respond to requests on litter or graffiti cleanup within 5 working days.

Benefits

  • Reduces trash and contaminants in local waterways

  • Improves the appearance of waterways in neighborhoods and parks by removing trash, graffiti and litter as well as illegally dumped items such as cars, shopping carts, appliances, etc.

  • Reduces illegal dumping into or near waterways by repairing and installing fencing on District property

  • Provides coordinated response to community complaints about trash and graffiti in neighborhoods

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 [link to IMC page] 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.