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D3: Grants and Partnerships to Restore Wildlife Habitat

 This project provides grants and partnerships for activities such as developing Stream Corridor Priority Plans; creating or enhancing wetland, riparian and tidal marsh habitat; protecting special status species; removing fish migration barriers; installing fish ladders; removing non-native, invasive plant species; and planting native species. The project includes 7 grant cycles, 1 held approximately every other year during the 15-year duration of the Safe, Clean Water Program, as well as funding for partnerships that restore stream and wetland habitat and provide open space access.

This project also funds work that provides access to creekside trails or trails that provide a significant link to the creekside trail network, for example, the possible construction of a bridge over Coyote Creek in the Rock Spring neighborhood.


Benefits

  • Enhances creek and bay ecosystems
  • Improves fish passage and habitat
  • Expands trail and open space access
  • Leverages community funding through grants
  • Increases collaborations and partnerships for stewardship activities with cities, the county, nonprofit organizations, schools and other stakeholders

Project Status

(As of September 2017)

Grants and Partnerships

Wildlife Habitat Restoration Pilot Mini-Grants Program 
    
On July 24, 2017, the District released the pilot mini-grants program. A total of $200,000 is available for grands of no more than $5,000 per grantee, to contribute to efforts related to: 
  • Enhance creek and bay ecosystems 
  • Improve fish passage and habitat 
  • Increase community awareness and understanding of watershed stewardship
        
    Mini-grant funding will be available on an ongoing basis until all funding is awarded. For more information on the mini-grants program, please review the program overview(PDF).
Wildlife Habitat Restoration

Partnership and grant agreements awarded prior to June 30, 2017 are listed in the attached tables. 
The Board has awarded a total of 22 Wildlife Habitat Restoration grants during the 2 grant cycles (FY14 and FY16). Additionally, 2 partnerships were executed in FY15. 

The third grant cycle will be released in FY18. 

To date, 5 grants have been completed and these are: 
  • McClellan Ranch Preserve Meadow Enhancement Project by Grassroots Ecology (formerly Acterra Stewardship), completed in June 2017. 
  • Foothills Park Riparian Enhancement Project by Grassroots Ecology (formerly Acterra Stewardship), completed in June 2017.
  • Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve South Valley Meadow Restoration by Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, completed in June 2017. 
  • Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve South Valley Meadow Restoration by Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, completed in November 2016. 
Trails and Open Space
Partnership and grant agreements awarded prior to June 30, 2017 are listed in the attached table. 
The District opened its FY18 grant cycle for Trails and Open Space from August 4 – October 27. Applicants will be notified of their funding status by March 2018. Funding recommendations will be presented to the Board in March 2018. For more information, visit www.valleywater.org/Grants.aspx.

In February 2015, the Board approved 3 trails grant projects, see press release, and Table 1 (PDF) provides a list of these grants.

Stream Corridor Priority Plan

In FY17, the District analyzed existing and available information to assess which creeks would be most suitable for the first SCPPs. 
 
Candidate creeks were selected based on a qualitative assessment of opportunities for small-scale ecological projects along the creek. Creeks with good existing information rose to the top of a list of potential SCPPs. The District assessed the following creeks as the highest priority for developing SCPPs. 
  • Lower Peninsula Watershed - Stevens Creek 
  • Coyote Watershed - Coyote Creek (candidate reach is approx. Montague to Coyote Narrows) 
  • Guadalupe Watershed - Guadalupe River
  • Pajaro Watershed - Uvas Creek (downstream of Uvas Reservoir) 
  • West Valley Watershed - Saratoga Creek 
Additional high-priority creeks also include: San Francisquito, Upper Penitencia, Silver/Thompson, Los Gatos, Pajaro, and Permanente. Any of these creeks may be selected for SCPP development if higher priority creeks are ruled out or postponed. Specific reaches to be included in the SCPPs will be determined independently, as individual plans are initiated. 

In FY18, Stevens Creek will be the first creek for which a Stream Corridor Priority Plan will be developed. Work was initiated for Stevens Creek, but delayed due to staffing issues. 


 

Key Performance Indicator

  1. Develop 5 Stream Corridor Priority Plans to prioritize stream restoration activities.
  2. Provide 7 grant cycles and additional partnerships for $21 million that follow pre-established criteria related to the creation or restoration of wetlands, riparian habitat, and favorable stream conditions for fisheries and wildlife, and providing new public access to trails.
 

Priority D-200

FY17 Annual Report Status

Status On Target
Project Start FY 2014
Project Finish FY 2028
Safe Clean Water
Program funding

$24.7 M**

(2015 Dollars)

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


Grants and Partnerships

View the current grant opportunities 

The District is currently accepting grant proposals for:


For more information:

Grants and Partnerships 

Stream Corrifor Priority Plans