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B4: Good Neighbor Program: Encampment Cleanup

This project supports the district’s ongoing coordination with local cities and agencies to clean up large creekside encampments that contaminate waterways and damage district facilities. This cooperative effort includes local police departments, social services, and nonprofit advocacy groups that help provide alternatives to homelessness.


  • Reduces trash and other pollutant loads in surface water, including streams, reservoirs and wetlands
  • Improves the aesthetics of creeks in neighborhoods and parks
  • Coordinates efforts among multiple agencies to create lasting solutions

Project Status

(As of April 2016)

  • Cleaned up 416 encampments in FY16 between July 1, 2015-April 1, 2016
  • Removed 2,748 cubic yards of trash and debris (1 cubic yard = 1 shopping cart)
  • Performance exceeds the key performance indicator due to a rise in the number of encampments and increased requests from citizens and cities to remove encampments


Key Performance Indicator

  1. Perform 52 annual cleanups for the duration of the Safe, Clean Water program to reduce the amount of trash and pollutants entering the streams



Prioity B-200

Project Information

Project Start FY 2014
Project Finish FY 2028
Safe Clean Water
Program funding
 $6.8 M**

(2015 Dollars)

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

Status In progress
Location Countywide

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