Contact: Marty Grimes
Date: March 20, 2014
Funding will help prevent pollution and restore wildlife habitat
SAN JOSE, CA – On Feb. 25, the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors authorized grant awards to 11 organizations and municipalities to implement projects that help prevent and remove pollution, educate and increase awareness of pollution, and restore wildlife habitat. More than $2 million in grant funding was approved for these projects.
The majority of the district’s grant funding is from the voter-approved Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program (Safe, Clean Water). The district’s grant funding for 2013-2014 was issued through two grant programs: Safe, Clean Water Priority B Grants (for pollution prevention) and Safe, Clean Water Priority D Grants (for restoring wildlife habitat).
The grant cycles under Priority B and D of Safe, Clean Water are the first of many to come under the new funding measure that was passed by voters in November 2012. Grant cycles from various Safe, Clean Water priorities are expected in each year of the 15 year program.
Although Safe, Clean Water funding only became available in July 2013, the district pushed to make these funds available as soon as possible, demonstrating to the community its dedication to the goals and objectives outlined in the plan and partnerships with local organizations and municipalities. These efforts will continue the significant accomplishments achieved under the previous funding measure, the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection plan, which helped to fund 92 projects totaling over $16.7 million since 2000.
The 2013-2014 grant cycles were promoted through direct mail, e-mail, web postings, printed flyers, a press release, and presentations at advisory committees and workshops. Specific notice was provided to more than 200 potential grantees, plus additional neighborhood associations and schools within Santa Clara County. Projects approved for funding by the district board include:
For more information on these and other Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program projects, visit http://www.valleywater.org/SafeCleanWater.aspx.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 1.8 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses throughout Santa Clara County.