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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 November 2016)

Status for projects awarded through March 2016 is listed in the attached table. The next rant cycle is scheduled for FY17.

1st Funding Cycle Completed:

  • Two projects successfully completed.
  • As of December 2015, funded projects provided project updates and payment requests: For a breakdown, download this list of projects awarded [PDF].
  • On Feb. 25, 2014 the Board approved seven projects for supporting volunteer cleanup efforts, totaling approximately $354,390 (see news release here).

Continued funding of countywide volunteer cleanup activities:

  • National River Cleanup Day: 1,124 volunteers cleaned 61 miles of creeks and shoreline, removing approximately 30,292 pounds of trash and 3,135 pounds of recyclables.
  • Coastal Cleanup Day: 1,829 volunteers picked up more than 50,000 pounds of trash and 2,867 pounds of recyclables along 73.72 miles of creeks in Santa Clara Valley.
  • Great American Pickup: the water district supports this annual event focusing on picking up litter from city streets, parks and public areas.
  • Adopt-A-Creek: this program continues to be highly popular with many neighborhood and civic groups. Participation in this program is currently 125 adopted sites with groups committing to host a minimum of two 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, and the Great American Pick Up, and fund the Adopt-A-Creek Program.

Prioity B-200

Project Information

Project Start FY 2014
Project Finish FY 2028
Safe Clean Water
Program funding
 $1.9 M**

(2015 Dollars)

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

Grant Opportunity

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