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B7: Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education

This project provides grants and partnerships for cleanup, education, outreach and watershed stewardship activities. Funding also allows the District to continue supporting volunteer cleanup activities such as National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Great American Pick Up, and Adopt-A-Creek, as well as Creek Connections Action Group and creekwise education.


  • Reduces contaminants entering our waterways and groundwater
  • Engages community and supports watershed stewardship
  • Leverages volunteer community resources for efficient use of funds

Project Status

(As of September 2017)

Grants and partnerships
Status for projects awarded through August 2017 is listed in the attached table

2nd Funding Cycle Open:
The second funding cycle was released on August 4, 2017. Applications were accepted through October 27,2017. A total of $200,000 is available for funding. Grant award decisions will be made by March 2018.  

1st Funding Cycle Completed:

In FY 2017, 6 grants were successfully completed:
  1. Schools Goin’ Green by the City of Sunnyvale 
  2. Education for Clean Water by Environmental Volunteers 
  3. Acterra Lower Peninsula Healthy Creeks Project by Acterra Stewardship 
  4. Clean Bay Project by Save the Bay 
  5. Girl Scouts Go Green in SC County by Girl Scouts of Northern California 
  6. ReThink Disposable; Preventing Riparian Trash at the Source by Clean Water Fund 
The Schools Goin’ Green project has been recognized as an outstanding stormwater project by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). 

With the closure of the Trash Free Coyote Creek Education and Outreach Project by the San Jose Park Foundation in FY 2016, all the 7 grants under this priority have been completed.

Volunteer cleanup events

  • National River Cleanup Day; May 20, 2017: 1,251 volunteers cleaned 64.8 miles of creeks and shoreline, removing approximately 33,408 pounds of trash and 3,086 pounds of recyclables. 

  • Coastal Cleanup Day; September 16, 2017: 1,892 volunteers picked up more than 43,926 pounds of trash and 6,911.5 pounds of recyclables alone 67.57 miles of creeks in Santa Clara Valley. 

  • Great American Litter Pickup; April 22, 2017: The District supports this annual event by promoting the focus of picking up litter from city streets parks and public areas.  

  • Adopt-A-Creek; Year Round: This program continues to be highly popular with many neighborhood and civic groups. Participation in this program is currently 139 adopted site with groups committing to host a minimum of 2 cleanup events per year. 

Key Performance Indicator

  1. Provide 7 grant cycles and 3 partnerships that follow pre-established competitive criteria related to cleanups, education and outreach, and stewardship activities.
  2. Fund District support of annual National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day,  the Great American Pick Up, and fund the Adopt-A-Creek Program.

Grant Funded Projects 

(As of September 2017) 

The following project have received grant funding from Priority B7. 


Project Name



Acterra Stewardship    Acterra Lower Peninsula Healthy Creeks Project
Clean Water Fund ReThink Disposable: Preventing Riparian Trash at the Source

Save The BayClean Bay Project

Girl Scouts of
Northern California
Girl Scouts Go Green in SC County

City of SunnyvaleSchools Goin' Green
Fact Sheet (PDF)

Education for Clean Water

San Jose Parks
Trash Free Coyote Creek Education and Outreach Project



Prioity B-200

FY17 Annual Report Status 

StatusOn Target
Project StartFY 2014
Project FinishFY 2028
Safe Clean Water
Program funding
 $1.9 M**

(2015 Dollars)

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

Grant Opportunity

For more information:  
Grants and partnerships

Volunteer cleanup events: