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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 November 2016)

Status for projects awarded through March 2016 is listed in the attached table.

1. 2nd Funding Cycle (Funding awarded to grantees):

2. 1st Funding Cycle Completed:

  • Prepare project closure for one project.
  • As of September 2015, two projects submitted payment requests, the projects status is listed in attached list of projects awarded [PDF].
  • On February 25, 2014, the Board approved 3 projects to support pollution prevention (read news release here).

3. Partnership Agreements:

  • On December 8, 2015, the board approved one partnership for support pollution prevention, see press release.
  • On May 26, 2015, the Board approved two partnerships for pollution prevention, see press release.
  • On May 13, 2015, a web-based proposal solicitation portal was launched and the request for proposals was released via emails, a press release and constant contact postings.
  • In August 2014, request for partnership proposals were posted at the District website.

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

Project Information

Project Start FY 2014
Project Finish FY 2028
Safe Clean Water
Program funding

$7.7 M**

(2015 Dollars)

**More financial information: 5-Year Implementation Plan, pages: 19-27
Status On Target
Location Countywide

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