Greener Garden Grove Schools with a DROPS Grant

Posted by in # Blog, #Protecting Our Land and Resources on June 5, 2015

With dire stories of the drought dominating the news these days, it’s good to report some good news on the subject: A school we’ve been working with for our Climate Smart Schools program with EcoMotion has been awarded nearly two million dollars on water-saving projects.

The Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) in Orange County received a grant award of $1.99 million for a Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS). We’re helping the school district implement its DROPS grant and also working with them to identify and implement energy conservation measures using funds received through allocations from from the California Clean Energy Jobs Act (“Proposition 39”). Additionally, we’re partnering with Orange County Coastkeeper, the county’s leading watershed health organization, to develop and implement the education and outreach effort with GGUSD.

The DROPS grant, issued by the State Water Resources Control Board, will allow the school to implement low-impact development projects for stormwater capture and drought mitigation. Specifically, bioretention basins will capture stormwater runoff and infiltrate it into the soil at three GGUSD campuses: Santiago High School, Bolsa Grande High School, and Los Amigos High School. Plans also include replacing turf with bioretention basins and restoring natural habitat to improve regional water quality and reduce potable water usage. A comprehensive education and outreach initiative will also be implemented at each school at GGUSD, the 11th largest school district in California.