DROPS Program Awards Millions to Schools
Last year, in response to California Governor Brown’s declaration of a Drought State of Emergency, the State Water Board created the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS). The program recently announced that 30 school districts or related institutions across the state would receive more than $30 million to go toward the education of students and the creation of on-campus projects related to stormwater capture and water conservation.
Roger Finstad, director of maintenance and operations for the Los Angeles Unified School District, expressed thanks for the $5 million his district received. “The district is extremely grateful for these grants and the opportunity to lead in the development of stormwater capture features for schools, and to begin the implementation and development of an effective water resource sustainability curriculum.”
projects include vegetated swales, stormwater planters, pervious
paving, rainwater harvesting and water-wise landscaping.