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B7: Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education*

About This Project

This project provides grants and partnerships for cleanup, education, outreach and watershed stewardship activities. Funding also allows the District to continue supporting volunteer cleanup activities such as National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Great American Pick Up, and Adopt-A-Creek, as well as Creek Connections Action Group and creekwise education.


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

Volunteers NRCD
On Target
Start FY 2014 / Finish FY 2028
Safe, Clean Water Fund ($2.2 million)
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Environmental and Community BenefitsEnvironmental and Community Benefits
History and BackgroundHistory and Background
News & Updates

Grants and partnerships

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

  • 2nd Funding Cycle Open: The second funding cycle was released on August 4, 2017. Applications were accepted through October 27,2017. A total of $200,000 is available for funding. Grant award decisions will be made by March 2018.  

  • 1st Funding Cycle Completed: All 7 grants under this priority have been completed. In FY 2016, the Trash Free Coyote Creek Education and Outreach Project by the San Jose Park Foundation was completed. In FY 2017, 6 grants were successfully completed: 

  1. Schools Goin’ Green by the City of Sunnyvale - This project was recognized as an outstanding stormwater project by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA).  

  2. Education for Clean Water by Environmental Volunteers 

  3. Acterra Lower Peninsula Healthy Creeks Project by Acterra Stewardship 

  4. Clean Bay Project by Save the Bay 

  5. Girl Scouts Go Green in SC County by Girl Scouts of Northern California 

  6. ReThink Disposable; Preventing Riparian Trash at the Source by Clean Water Fund 

Volunteer cleanup events

  • National River Cleanup Day (May 20, 2017): 1,251 volunteers cleaned 64.8 miles of creeks and shoreline, removing approximately 33,408 pounds of trash and 3,086 pounds of recyclables. 

  • Coastal Cleanup Day (September 16, 2017): 1,892 volunteers picked up more than 43,926 pounds of trash and 6,911.5 pounds of recyclables alone 67.57 miles of creeks in Santa Clara Valley. 

  • Great American Litter Pickup (April 21, 2018): The District supports this annual event by promoting the focus of picking up litter from city streets parks and public areas.  

  • Adopt-A-Creek (Year Round): This program continues to be highly popular with many neighborhood and civic groups. Participation in this program is currently 139 adopted site with groups committing to host a minimum of 2 cleanup events per year. 


Updated September 2017

For more information: 

Grant opportunity

Grants and partnerships

Volunteer cleanup events


Reports & Documents

Grant Projects

The following projects received grant funding from Project B7.

Grantee Project Name  Status Documents 
Acterra Stewardship Acterra Lower Peninsula Healthy Creeks Project  Complete Final Report
Clean Water Fund  ReThink Disposable: Preventing Riparian Trash at the Source Complete

Fact Sheet


Save the Bay  Clean Bay Project Complete Final Report
Girl Scouts of Northern California Girl Scouts Go Green in SC County  Complete

Fact Sheet


City of Sunnyvale Schools Goin' Green  Complete

Fact Sheet


Environmental Volunteers  Education for Clean Water  Complete

Fact Sheet


San Jose Parks Foundation  Trash Free Coyote Creek education and Outreach Project  Complete

Fact Sheet



Updated September 2017 

Environmental & Community Benefits

Key Performance Indicator for the Safe, Clean Water Program 

  1. Provide 7 grant cycles and 3 partnerships that follow pre-established competitive criteria related to cleanups, education and outreach, and stewardship activities.

  2. Fund District support of annual National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day,  the Great American Pick Up, and fund the Adopt-A-Creek Program.


  • Reduces contaminants entering our waterways and groundwater

  • Engages community and supports watershed stewardship

  • Leverages volunteer 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.