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California schools receive $30M from state water board to save water, teach conservation

The state water board awarded $30 million in grants to California schools for water-saving projects that can help students learn about conservation.
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The state water board awarded grants to California schools for water-saving projects that can teach students about conservation.

California’s water board awarded $30 million in grant money to 32 agencies, mostly school districts, to carry out water conservation projects, the agency announced Friday.

“Students will get to see first-hand how stormwater capture systems work right on their campuses. They’ll also be taught the importance of conservation and how they can be good stewards of one of our most precious resources,” said Frances Spivy-Weber, vice-chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, in a statement.

The agency also wants the learning to have a trickle-down effect.

“Our goal with this effort is for students to take this information home and share it with their families, creating entire water-wise households,” she said.

Officials created the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) grant program following Gov. Jerry Brown’s drought-related state of emergency declaration last year.

State water board officials said Los Angeles Unified’s $5 million share will go toward building rain gardens, installing permeable pavements, and planting drought-tolerant plans. Schools in Fontana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Yorba Linda, Montebello, and Santa Monica, among others, will also receive grants.

Schools have four years to use the grant money to complete the projects.

Source: State Water Resources Control Board