Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS)

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The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) adopted the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS) Guidelines on August 19, 2014. DROPS is focused on projects that reduce stormwater pollution and provide multiple benefits including water conservation, water supply augmentation, energy savings, increased awareness of water resource sustainability, and reduced dry weather runoff. All projects must include an education/outreach component that is designed to increase student and public understanding of the project's environmental benefits and the sustainability of California's water resources directly related to the project.

Funding Information


Eligible Applicants: Local Educational Agencies limited to K-12 school districts, county offices of education, Federally Recognized Tribes in California with Tribal K-12 schools (only Proposition 13 Watershed funds), and K-12 charter schools on publicly-owned property.
Eligible Project Types: Projects implementing Low Impact Development (LID) strategies designed to maintain predevelopment hydrology on school campuses. The projects will: (1) reduce stormwater pollution; and (2) increase stormwater retention, use or recharge while creating multiple benefits, such as water conservation, water supply augmentation, and reduced dry weather runoff. Every DROPS project must include an educational component designed to increase student awareness of the project's environmental benefits and water resource sustainability.
Project Completion: 6/30/2020
Funding Available:  
Funding Source: Proposition 13, 40 and 50
Loans or Grants: Grants
Applications: CLOSED

Contact Information

Daman Badyal, P.E.
Senior Water Resources Control Engineer
Storm Water Grant Program

Damanvir.Badyal@waterboards.ca.gov
(916) 319-9436

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  (Page last updated 10/15/18)