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Mar 10

Step away from the screens and get your students learning outside

Posted to West Valley Clean Water Authority **TEST by Pia Lusk

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Students will learn about preventing stormwater pollution and contribute real data to real solutions in our community 

Dear Teachers and Families:

We know you and your students are likely getting tired of computer screens and Zoom classes. It’s time to get out of the house (safely) and take action together to fight stormwater pollution!

Stormwater pollution affects us all—but it’s also a problem we can all do something about. That’s why West Valley Clean Water Authority is so excited to introduce a free online program to help even the youngest students learn how they can take action to reduce stormwater pollution and protect our local waterways.

Kids in grades K-2 love to explore the world around them and want to feel helpful. The Earth Smart Action interactive educational program features seven specific actions that engage that natural curiosity—and put it to good use!

For each stormwater quality action, students will:

  1. Learn about an important stormwater pollution concept
  2. Make observations around their home and neighborhood
  3. Report their findings
  4. Learn about immediate actions they can take to make a difference

All of the actions are age-appropriate and can be completed safely from home or the sidewalk outside. Instructional materials and resources are provided online, making it easy for teachers to guide the lessons through virtual class meetings. Parents can also work with children directly at home and learn along with them.

WVCWA is proudly funding this program and providing it FREE to teachers and families in the West Valley community. We look forward to working together and building a community of Earth Smart Citizens!

When you’re ready to take action, please follow the link below:   

https://www.earthsmartactions.com/wvcwa.html

For more student and teacher resources please check out our FREE Resource Flyer or visit our website at www.cleancreeks.org. All of our activities offer great ideas to celebrate Earth Day on April 21, 2021! You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Apr 22

Happy 50th Earth Day I Find Us on Social Media!

Posted to West Valley Clean Water Authority Social Media by Karen Villasenor


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Good afternoon,
 
Today we are excited to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with the launch of our social media program! 

You will find us now live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube! Come check out our first post featuring our newly created Watershed video! We’ll also be posting educational content, updates about our services and programs, and other information that is relevant to our West Valley communities.

We realize this a unique time but if you feel any of the content is appropriate to share or retweet, we would greatly appreciate your support. So please consider taking the steps below to help promote our pages. 
 
  • Like our Facebook Page, Follow us on Twitter, and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Share and Like our first Facebook Post.
  • Like and Retweet our first Tweet.
  • Like our first YouTube video

  • Please don’t hesitate to let us know of any relevant information in the future that you’d like us to like or share from your Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts. Thank you for your consideration.

    Sheila Tucker
    Executive Director
    cleancreeks.org
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    Dec 22

    Creek Connection I Stormwater News - December 2020

    Posted to West Valley Clean Water Program Authority Newsletter by Stefanny Moreno

    Creek Connection I Stormwater News

    December 2020

    The West Valley Clean Water Program Authority (Authority) is pleased to report that despite this unprecedented year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been a year filled with many accomplishments which would not have been made possible without the support of the Board of Directors and all of our member agency staff. Thank you all!

    NPDES Permit Reissuance/MRP 3.0 Updat
    e
    The State Water Board released a revised tentative schedule for MRP 3.0 that indicates an Administrative Draft release in January, an adoption hearing in December 2021, and an effective date for the reissued MRP of July 1, 2022.

    NPDES State Stormwater Fees
    The State Water Board adopted its three-year fee schedules for all waste discharge permits. Fees will increase 5.3% in FY20-21, 3% in FY21-22, and 7.3% in FY22-23. 

    New Bacteria Control Measures in MRP 3.0
    MRP 3.0 is likely to include new bacteria control measures in C5 IDDE Investigations, C8 Monitoring, and C14 Bacteria. The requirements are anticipated to relate to identifying and implementing control measures and creek monitoring for bacteria. Primary sources are homeless encampments and pet waste.

    Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association
    The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) will be dissolved as a formal organization in January 2021. The Board of Directors is continuing to discuss its future structure and close-out actions.

    California Stormwater Quality Association
    With deep appreciation for his years of outstanding leadership, the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Board of Directors announces that Geoff Brosseau will transition from the role of Executive Director to that of Executive Advisor, and Karen Cowan will assume the role of Executive Director, effective January 1, 2021. Please see the press release announcing the Executive Director transition for CASQA.   
     

    FY2019-20 Annual NPDES Report

    The FY2019-20 Annual Reports were submitted to the State Board on September 30, 2020. The annual report provides documentation of activities conducted during FY2019-20. The reports can be found on the West Valley Clean Water Program Authority’s (Authority) website at:

    Campbell FY2019-20 Annual Report (PDF)

    Los Gatos FY2019-20 Annual Report (PDF)

    Monte Sereno FY2019-20 Annual Report (PDF)

    Saratoga FY2019-20 Annual Report (PDF)


    Cost of Service and Long-term Funding Options Study

    The Authority entered into an agreement with SCI Consulting Group for financial consulting services to conduct a cost of service study and evaluate long-term funding options. Initial data gathering is underway to determine baseline costs and revenue where applicable.  

    GSI Handbook Part 2
    The final GSI Handbook Part 2 and the bioretention and pervious pavement typical details (in CAD and PDF) have been completed and posted on the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP) website. SCVURPPP staff are continuing to revise details for general components related to bioretention and pervious pavement and other updates over the next few months.

    C.3 Stormwater Handbook Updates
    SCVURPPP staff have begun working on minor updates to the 2016 version of the C.3 Handbook, based on information learned from use of the Handbook over the past few years. Additional updates will be made next fiscal year, once MRP 3.0 has been adopted.

    Stormwater Treatment Measure (STM) Data Porta
    l
    SCVURPPP continues to work on updates to the STM Data Portal (formerly the GSI Database) to provide publicly accessible maps of installed STMs as well as to include trash full capture systems. A link to the publicly accessible page (map layers and filters) of the Data Portal is now available in the GSI section of the SCVURPPP website.

    On-land Visual Trash Assessments (OVTA)
    FY20-21 OVTAs are now underway and will be conducted at a similar level of effort as FY19-20. The OVTA protocol has been updated to collect information on the number of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items observed during assessments to better understand the litter impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through October 2020, roughly 500 OVTAs have been conducted to date.

    Los Gatos Creek Trail Grant
    The City of Campbell and the Town of Los Gatos completed installation of 10 trash and recycling receptables, pet waste stations and interpretive trail signs along a six mile stretch of the Los Gatos Creek (from a Valley Water B2 Grant). 

    Underpass Mural Art Grant Recipient

    The Authority, in partnership with the South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition (SBCCC) and the City of Campbell (Campbell), are excited to announce the grant recipient to paint a mural under the Creekside Way Bridge in Campbell along the Los Gatos Creek Trail.  The winning artist is Andrew Roulette’s designInstallation of the mural will commence in December, pending weather conditions.

    Creek Cleanups

    Due to the COVID-19 Shelter-In-Place throughout Santa Clara County schools presentations andcommunity events continue to be cancelled. However, in partnership with the Authority, the South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition (SBCCC) hosted two cleanup events in October and November with volunteers following strict safety protocols. Approximately 4.5 tons of garbage was removed along the Los Gatos Creek at Creekside Way in Campbell.

    Earth Smart Actions
    In January 2021, the Authority will launch Earth Smart Actions, an online platform to engage the community and students with a variety of engaging activities to accomplish meaningful environmental changes in their neighborhood.

    Watershed Watch Media Campaign
    As part of the countywide campaign, media advertising began in October. Advertisements on Integrated Pest Management and Low Impact Development (rain barrels, rain gardens, and pervious pavement) ran on targeted digital media (e.g., Mercury News, CNN, Business Insider), KQED Mobile App, KSTS Telemundo 48, KNTV NBC 11, KSOL 98.9/91.9 FM, KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM, and KUFX “K-FOX” 98.5 FM.

    Social Media
    In addition to FacebookTwitter, and YouTube, the Authority can also be found now on Instagram as CleanCreeks.

    Fall/Winter Campaigns
    The Authority’s fall campaign ran in October and November and featured posts with Stormy the Storm Drain. Messages focused on litter, reusable products, and microplastics, a No Plastic Straw Challenge Pledge/Giveaway, and a free coloring page. The current winter campaign is on Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) with weekly #WaterWednesday posts through January that will highlight and explain individual GSI features.

    FY2020-21 SCVURPPP Trainings
    The FY2020-21 planned training schedule is as follows. Training content will be discussed and finalized in the appropriate AHTGs. 

    Topic

    Date

    Construction Site Inspectors

    February 2021

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

    March 2021

    Municipal Maintenance

    April 2021

    Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI)

    April/May 2021

    IND/IDDE Inspectors

    Early June 2021


    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    CASQA Quarterly Meeting - Annual State of California Update: Highlighting Regulatory Initiatives and Exploring Emerging Science, Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM;Agenda Register - Deadline: 12:00 PM PT (noon) - Wednesday, January 13, 2021 (webcast).

    Authority Board Meeting, Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (PST), Monte Sereno City Hall, 18041 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd., Monte Sereno, CA 95030.

    Santa Clara Valley Green Gardener Training, February 24, 2021 to March 5, 2021 (one class per week). The registration link is available at Green Gardening Registration

    Please share any content in the Authority newsletters in your agency publications. Likewise, if you would like to share any stormwater information with other member agencies, please email Pia Lusk at plusk@wvcwp.org and we will include it in our next publication.