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Half a million dollars in grants available for projects to reduce and prevent pollution in waterways and groundwater

Contact: Marty Grimes
Office: 408-630-2881
Mobile: 408-681-9265

Nov. 1, 2017 

SAN JOSE—The Santa Clara Valley Water District is seeking community partners passionate about keeping waterways and potable water clean through pollution prevention. Starting Nov. 1, The water district is accepting grant applications for projects that would seek to reduce contaminants in surface or groundwater. $500,000 in funding is available through the 2012 voter-approved Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program.

Objectives for this grant cycle fall under Priority B3 of the Safe, Clean Water program which emphasizes preventing pharmaceuticals, hazardous waste and trash from entering our water ways; reduces contaminants in groundwater and surface water; and provides public education about these efforts.

Examples of grant projects previously awarded under Priority B3 include creek cleanups with local agencies such as the South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition and the San Jose Parks Foundation, as well as the installation of 29 pharmaceutical collection bins in partnership with the California Product Stewardship Council.
Public and nonprofit organizations with proposed projects based in Santa Clara County are eligible to apply. Grant applications are due Friday, Jan. 12. Details on the application process are posted at  Pre-proposal workshops will be held at the water district during the month of December.

Dec. 7, 2017, 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: Headquarters Bldg, Room A-143
5700 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

Dec. 14, 2017, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Headquarters Bldg, Room A-143
5700 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

Workshop participants are requested to RSVP at least three days prior by emailing

The water district also has open grant application processes for water conservation programs and technologies; and mini-grants available for improving fish passage and habitat, enhancing creek and bay ecosystems, and education and outreach for watershed stewardship.

During the 15-year life of the Safe, Clean Water Program, the water district expects to distribute nearly $35 million in grants, partnerships and rebate programs, under several different funding categories. Each year, one or more grant programs will have a new funding cycle. These programs are part of the water district’s commitment to protecting our environment and our work to restore habitat along creeks and the bay, clean toxins from the water, and make sure water is used efficiently throughout the community.

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 nearly 1.9 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.