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The Vector Habitat Remediation Program (VHRP) is an innovative long term solution for chronic mosquito breeding that was created by the County of San Diego. It offers funding to physically alter chronic mosquito breeding sites in ways that will reduce mosquito breeding habitat and improve the effectiveness of mosquito control measures while balancing the water quality, biologic, aesthetic and hydrologic values of wetlands. Though stakeholders showed a great deal of interest, initial response was weak. An evaluation utilizing systems thinking which included graphing key variables, diagramming motivation for change and the use of Shifting the Burden and Accidental Adversaries models identified limits to the successful launch of the VHRP as well as unintended consequences of business as usual. Dissecting the “why” resulted in the conclusion that applicants lacked motivation. Potential applicants do not realize the benefits of the project because the Vector Control Program currently controls the mosquito populations in the county. As a result, efforts were focused on complimentary projects that allow potential applicants to achieve their goals and at the same time meeting the Vector Control Program goal of implementing long-term solutions for controlling mosquito breeding habitat and providing better protection to the public from mosquito-borne diseases. VHRP Participation Objectives were identified and process objectives written which included revised application processes and forms, pursuit of regional general permits from Resource Agencies, the elimination of the Department of Purchasing and Contracting from the program, inclusion of a protest process in the VHRP Implementation Plan, workshops for stakeholders and an annual re-evaluation process for continuous improvements. Project objectives were revisited monthly and updated or expanded if necessary. Note: These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.