September 12, 2014
As of Thursday September 11, 2014, The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), Division of Financial Assistance is accepting applications for the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS). The application period closes on January 15, 2015. Approximately $25.5 million of funding is available for this program, and because funding is limited and interest anticipated to be high, the State Water Board is encouraging applicants to apply early.
Concerning what specific types of projects are eligible, the DROPS program will award grants to projects that reduce storm water pollution and provide multiple benefits including water conservation, water supply augmentation, energy savings, increased awareness of water resource sustainability, and reduced dry weather runoff. For more detailed program information and staff contacts click here.
As you will recall, as the State Water Board was reaching out to stakeholders while developing the DROPS program, C.A.S.H. organized a meeting with State Water Board staff to provide input on the program from the school district perspective. Specifically, our objective was to make the program as simple and easy to access as possible, while still meeting the State Water Board’s objective of reducing stormwater pollution and raising awareness of water use and schools. We would like to thank the State Water Board and their staff, who listened with open ears to the ideas and concerns of school districts as they developed the DROPS program.
For those who would like to learn more about DROPS, C.A.S.H. has scheduled a DROPS webinar on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. -3:15 p.m. which will include an overview of DROPS by State Water Board staff (more details to follow). In addition, because the issue of water is becoming an increasingly important one for schools, C.A.S.H. has also scheduled three full-day workshops Friday, November 7 (Ontario), Tuesday, November 18 (Sacramento) and Friday, November 21 (Bakersfield) that will focus on issues related to the implications of water supply conservation, water management, and water quality for schools. More details will be available soon on the C.A.S.H. website.