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.
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:
Schools Goin’ Green by the City of Sunnyvale - This project was recognized as an outstanding stormwater project by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA).
Education for Clean Water by Environmental Volunteers
Acterra Lower Peninsula Healthy Creeks Project by Acterra Stewardship
Clean Bay Project by Save the Bay
Girl Scouts Go Green in SC County by Girl Scouts of Northern California
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 22, 2017): 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
The following projects received grant funding from Project B7.
|Acterra Stewardship||Acterra Lower Peninsula Healthy Creeks Project||Complete||Final Report|
|Clean Water Fund||ReThink Disposable: Preventing Riparian Trash at the Source||Complete|
|Save the Bay||Clean Bay Project||Complete||Final Report|
|Girl Scouts of Northern California||Girl Scouts Go Green in SC County||Complete|
|City of Sunnyvale||Schools Goin' Green||Complete|
|Environmental Volunteers||Education for Clean Water||Complete|
|San Jose Parks Foundation||Trash Free Coyote Creek education and Outreach Project||Complete|
Updated September 2017
Key Performance Indicator for the Safe, Clean Water Program
Provide 7 grant cycles and 3 partnerships that follow pre-established competitive criteria related to cleanups, education and outreach, and stewardship activities.
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
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.