Strategic Priorities

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide facilitation of collaborative stormwater management and pollution prevention efforts and assist the West Valley communities to comply with the municipal stormwater permit and to meet water quality objectives and protect beneficial uses.

Our Values

  • Integrity - We hold ourselves to the highest ethical and professional standards.  We are honest, authentic, accountable, and deliver our commitments.
  • Teamwork - We foster productive relationships through respect, communication, and collaborate to achieve common goals. 
  • Efficiency - We are resourceful and strategic to optimize the efficiency, effectiveness, and cost benefit from collective pollution prevention efforts. 
  • Excellence - We are action-oriented and drive results strategically. We continually assess our performance and proactively seek opportunities to improve programs and services. 
  • Innovation - We foster creativity and encourage thinking forward as we meet challenges and explore new opportunities and future possibilities. 

Our 2023 Strategic Priorities

1.  Stormwater Permit Compliance

           New MRP 3.0 Requirements:

  • C.3 New Development & Redevelopment - Assist member agencies to comply with July 1, 2023 New Development & Redevelopment MRP 3.0 requirements. Support General plan updates. Identify opportunities to meet numeric GSI targets. 
  • C.9 Pesticides Toxicity Controls - Update Integrated Pest Management Plans. 
  • C.10 Trash Load Reduction - Develop Revised Trash Management Plans to meet MRP 3.0 trash reduction requirements and support the implementation of plans. 
  • C.5 Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination (IDDE) – Evaluate IDDE support, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and contractor support for clean-up services.
  • Update SOPS for C.3 New Development & Redevelopment, C.4 Industrial & Commercial Site Controls, C.5 Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination, C.6 Construction Site Controls.
  • Conduct focused training for C.3 New Development & Redevelopment and C.6 Construction Site Controls. 
  • C.12 PCBs Controls – Update PCB demolition program requirements. Develop application to Water Board to exempt Monte Sereno from PCB Demolition requirements.
  • C.17 Unsheltered Homeless Populations – Map unsheltered populations in the West Valley and identify Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce bacteria and trash in waterways.
  • C.20 Cost Reporting – Develop cost reporting model. 
  •  Implement new Annual Report tracking guidance.

2.  Finance and Administration

  • Conduct recruitment and hire Administrative Assistant and intern.
  • Conduct request for proposals to conduct a public opinion poll to evaluate support for a potential future property fee (as directed by the Board).
  • Develop a three-year budget projection.
  • Assess/develop fiscal administration, policies, and procedures as needed.

3.  Stormwater Education

  • Implement the public information and outreach strategy; leverage local and regional collaboration to enhance opportunities.
  • Evaluate opportunities to expand school outreach to new schools.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Authority’s newsletter and members-only website.
  • Implement Valley Water Grant to conduct projects with Youth Commissions in Saratoga and Monte Sereno.

4.  Technology/Innovation

  • Evaluate opportunities to enhance recordkeeping in: C.2 Municipal Operations, C.3 New Development & Redevelopment, C.4 Industrial & Commercial Site Controls, C.5 Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination, C.6 Construction Site Controls, C.10 Trash Load Reduction, C.12 PCBs Controls.
  • Engage information technology support for Authority office/staff.
  • Evaluate grant opportunities as they arise. Apply for a Valley Water grant to expand the School Stormwater Pollution Prevention project to other schools in the West Valley.