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Safe, Clean Water Partnerships Process & Guidelines


  1. Identify Safe, Clean Water projects with a partnership component (e.g., B3: Pollution Prevention Partnerships and Grants)

  2. Identify projects relevant to identified Safe, Clean Water projects through announcement of available partnership opportunities and receipt of proposals.
    • Announce partnership funding availability on District webpage, notice to Board and development of a fact sheet for distribution
    • Consider new partnership proposals on an annual basis (fiscal year) to allow for allocation of partnership funds and potential revisions to process and guidelines.

  3. Evaluate partnership proposals against guidelines.
    • Review proposals within 90 days of receipt and recommend to CEO and/or Board for approval of partnership funding.
    • Review of proposals will be conducted by an interdisciplinary review panel consisting of internal and external subject matter experts.
    • Discuss priority proposals with potential partner(s) to determine what benefits the project may have for partner organization and the District.

  4. Recommend partnerships to the Board of Directors for approval as needed (when approval is with a non-governmental entity and/or the amount exceeds CEO authority)
    • Notify the Board via CEO Bulletin or non-agenda package when a partnership is executed by the CEO within CEO’s authority.

  5. Complete agreement (i.e., contract) for partnership.


The following guidelines apply to Safe, Clean Water projects B2, B3, B7, D2, D3, D4 and D8. A project needs to meet all applicable guidelines to be eligible for partnership funding.



Partner eligibility open to local government agencies, 501c3 non-profit organizations, educational institutions, municipal water agencies (not for profit), state or federal agencies, and other designated public organizations, unless Safe, Clean Water plan indicates a specific restriction

For example, B2 and B3 specifies “partnerships with municipalities.” For other Safe, Clean Water projects where no such restriction is explicitly stated, a partnership may be carried out with local government agencies, 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations, educational institutions, municipal water agencies (not for profit), state or federal agencies, and other designated public organizations.

Partnership directly benefits a Safe, Clean Water plan KPI and/or Safe, Clean Water goals and objectives

Partnership must tie to at least one KPI for one of the SCW projects that requires partnerships. Partner should be able to demonstrate how it can help achieve the KPI and why they are the best choice for a partnership.


Partnership makes services available to the public

Partnerships may not be for the sole purpose of benefiting a private property and any benefits to private property must also provide a direct benefit to the public and public lands. Eligible partners may work on private property for public benefit.


Partnership must include sufficient land ownership for project implementation, where applicable

Partner or District must have adequate land ownership, easement, agreements or permits to carry out the project, or ability to secure such rights, where project includes a construction component.

Partner has sufficient authority and expertise to carry out the project

Partnering entity must have capability and capacity for the specific SCW partnership being considered.

Partnership supports priorities identified in District master plans and other system-wide, integrated, planning efforts

Partner’s proposal is consistent with goals, objectives, and/or priorities identified in the District Water Resources Master Plans, Water Supply Master Plan and other planning efforts that coincide with the project’s geographical location.

Partnership satisfies additional requirements applicable to the related partnership funding set forth in the Safe, Clean Water plan

Safe, Clean Water plan may identify specific requirements that need to be adhered to when issuing a partnership.

Partnership satisfies District goal to fund projects equitably across the county.

Safe, Clean water being a Countywide voter approved program, the District strives to fund projects across the County and within each of its five major watersheds.