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B3: Pollution Prevention Partnerships and Grants

This project provides pollution prevention grants to qualified local agencies, nonprofit groups, schools, etc., totaling an average of $500,000 per cycle. In addition, up to $200,000 per year goes toward partnerships with municipalities for specific programs to reduce contaminants in surface or groundwater, and reduce emerging contaminants.

Grants could support programs such as public education to prevent pharmaceuticals from entering waterways, technical assistance to help growers protect groundwater, and partnerships to reduce litter and graffiti.


  • Helps prevent contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, household hazardous waste and trash from entering our waterways
  • Helps meet regulatory requirements as listed under the impaired water bodies listing of the federal Clean Water Act
  • Reduces contaminant source loads in groundwater and surface water, and protects local watersheds
  • Provides public education to reduce contaminants in our waterways
  • Leverages community resources for efficient use of funds

Project Status

(As of September 2017)

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

  • Fiscal Year 2017 was not a grant cycle year; Fiscal Year 2018 will be the third grant cycle. 
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the District continued to administer the 12 grants that were awarded in Fiscal Year 2014 and Fiscal Year 2016. 
  • 1 grant project, the Secure Pharmaceutical Collection Bin Expansion by the California Product Stewardship Council was completed in Fiscal Year 2017. 
  • On July 25, 2017, the Board approved amending the West Valley College Track and Sports Field Stormwater Pollution Reduction Project Grant agreement to change the scope of work and to extend the agreement by three years, until June 30, 2020, to implement the modified project. The amendment allows West Valley College to treat stormwater runoff from its Parking Lot 2 instead of track and sports field.
Partnership Agreements:
  • 2 partnerships were established/extended in FY 2017. These were: 
    • San José Watershed Community Stewardship & Engagement Project, which has been extended until June 30, 2018 with additional funding of $350,000 each from the District and the City of San José. 
    • Pollution Prevention and Zero Waste Program 


Key Performance Indicator 

  1. Provide 7 grant cycles and 5 partnerships that follow pre-established competitive criteria related to preventing or removing pollution.

Prioity B-200

FY17 Annual Report Status

StatusOn Target 
Project StartFY 2014
Project FinishFY 2028
Safe Clean Water
Program funding

$7.7 M**

(2015 Dollars)

**More financial information: 5-Year Implementation Plan, pages: 19-27

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