Program Awards

Since the 1990s, the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP) and member agencies have received national, state & regional awards. These awards recognize programs and efforts relating to outstanding municipal stormwater management and the protection of water quality.

SCVURPPP has received several awards from the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). SCVURPPP received the Outstanding Regional Stormwater News, Information, Outreach and Media Award for the “Be the Street” public education campaign in 2014.

SCVURPPP received two awards in 2008: Outstanding BMPs Implementation Project Award for the Trash BMP Tool Box; and Outstanding Regional Stormwater News, Information, Outreach & Media Project Award for the Watershed Watch Campaign & Green Gardener Training Program.

SCVURPPP has been recognized on several occasions by the Friends of the San Francisco Estuary. SCVURPPP received the Outstanding Environmental Project award for the “Soak It Up” outreach and Go Native Garden Tour in 2011.

SCVURPPP received the Outstanding Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) Implementation Project award for the Watershed Watch campaign in 2003.

The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA, of which SCVURPPP is a member) received the Outstanding CCMP Implementation Project award for the “Our Watershed” Regional Advertising Campaign in 2003.

BASMAA received the Outstanding CCMP Implementation Project award for the development of the Start at the Source manual in 1999.

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recognized SCVURPPP with an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Award for its pesticide user outreach program in 2008.

In addition, DPR recognized Santa Clara County (a member of SCVURPPP) with an IPM Innovator Award in 2005.

BASMAA (SCVURPPP is a member), received a Telly Award for Less-Toxic Pest Control Advertisement “When Ants Invade” in 2000.

SCVURPPP’s Watershed Watch public outreach campaign was awarded Third Place for Excellence in Communication by the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA), for Improving Water Quality in 2006.

BASMAA, of which SCVURPPP is a member, received a Gold Aurora Award for the “Start at the Source” video in 2001.
SCVURPPP received a national award from the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in 2016 for the Overall Highest Score for a Phase 1 Municipal Stormwater Program and Gold Level for Innovation and Program Management.

These awards are part of the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards Program, led by WEF through a cooperative agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency. The objective of the awards program is to inspire Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System program leaders to seek new and innovative ways to meet and exceed regulatory requirements in a manner that is both technically effective as well as financially efficient. Recognition of innovative approaches is also a highlight of this program.

SCVURPPP has been awarded First Place in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Clean Water Act Recognition Award Program, recognized as an Outstanding Municipal Stormwater Management Program in 1993 and 2006.

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program recognized BASMAA with the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Award in 2005.

BASMAA was recognized with the Californians for Pesticide Reform’s Pest Management Alternatives Pioneer Award for the “Our Water, Our World” outreach in 2000. This outreach effort promotes the use of less-toxic products and methods to control pests.

BASMAA received a Professional Merit Award in 1997 for the Start at the Source resource. This manual provided and continues to provide design guidance for stormwater treatment and control.

The National Association of Environmental Professionals gave SCVURPPP’s Watershed Watch Campaign the National Environmental Excellence Award for Education Excellence in 2007.