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Renewed Safe, Clean Water & Natural Flood Protection: Independent Monitoring Committee


Voters overwhelmingly approve the renewal of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program

In November 2020, Santa Clara County voters overwhelmingly renewed the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program (Safe, Clean Water Program). The measure needed 66.67% to pass and garnered more than 75% of votes in the November 2020 election. The renewed Safe, Clean Water Program replaced the program that voters approved in 2012 (2012 Program).

To ensure transparency and accountability to the voters, the ballot measure also created an Independent Monitoring Committee, appointed by the Valley Water Board of Directors. The renewed Independent Monitoring Committee (IMC) will annually review the program’s progress and report its findings and make recommendations to the Board. The IMC will also review each proposed five-year implementation plan before its submittal for Board approval. Furthermore, every 15 years, the IMC will review and recommend to the Board and the general public whether the special tax should be reduced or repealed or maintained to build additional projects to accomplish the community-identified Safe, Clean Water Program priorities.  Resolution 21-10

Board Representatives:
Director John Varela, District 1
Director Barbara Keegan, District 2

Committee Liaisons:
Melanie Richardson, Assistant Chief Executive Officer
Luz Penilla, Assistant Officer
Office of Integrated Water Management

Committee Members:

Jurisdiction Member Name Term
District 1 Marc Rauser 3 year
District 2 Kathleen (Kathy) Sutherland
Jeffrey Hare (Committee Chair)
2 year
3 year
District 3 Will Ector
Jean Marlowe
2  year
3 year
District 5 Bill Hoeft
George Fohner
2 year
3 year
District 6 Andres Quintero
Hon. Patrick S. Kwok
2 year
3 year
District 7 Cari Templeton (Committee Vice Chair)
Forest Peterson, Ph.D.
2 year
3 year

Interested parties may apply to serve on the committee by submitting a complete Committee Application to the Office of the Clerk of the Board.

Meeting Information:
The Committee meets at a date and time determined by the Committee Chair.  All meetings are open to the public.  Meeting dates, times and locations are subject to change.  Please refer to the published agenda for date, time and location of next meeting.

Date Agenda Minutes Handouts Videos
February 7, 2024 Agenda      
January 24, 2024 Agenda Minutes   Video
December 6, 2023 Agenda Minutes   Video
February 8, 2023 Agenda Minutes Handout Video
January 25, 2023 Agenda Minutes   Video
December 7, 2022 Agenda Minutes    
May 5, 2021, via Zoom Agenda Minutes Handout  

For Program information and copies of reports, please contact Meenakshi Ganjoo at (408) 630-2295. 

For application and other additional information, please contact Dave Leon in the Office of the Clerk of the Board at (408) 630-2006.