2021-22 Sacramento County Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant
August 3, 2021
The Sacramento County Stormwater Quality Program is accepting 2021-2022 Watershed Stewardship and Education grant applications.
Each year, the Stormwater Quality Program provides schools, nonprofits and community organizations up to $ 2,500 for projects to help students understand the importance of keeping local streams and rivers clean and healthy. This is the 16th year that the county has offered grants to help raise awareness of the need to protect streams and rivers.
By collaborating with schools and nonprofits over the years, the county has seen positive results from the community as they develop a better understanding of stormwater pollution.
In addition to helping the environment, many participants find that completing a project like this can be a great team-building effort. Thirty-five schools have participated in the program over the years. Will Rogers Middle School is one of the first participants and has participated in the program every year since its launch in 2005.
Past winners have completed 115 projects such as cleaning up streams; hands-on education about the watershed, streams or rivers of Sacramento; create environmentally friendly gardens; water quality experiments to assess the health of a stream or river; and creating school-wide campaigns to increase awareness of stormwater pollution.
Each year, the winners submit a report to the county on their projects; each showing many students in the program gaining a better understanding of stormwater pollution and the environment. To be eligible for this grant, projects must in some way protect or enhance local streams, rivers or watersheds. Projects will generally fall into one or more of the following categories:
- Educational projects – Projects that inform or educate about the aquatic ecosystem, watersheds or the prevention of stormwater pollution
- School / Club Projects – Projects that can be organized by teachers, classrooms or clubs
- Community Outreach Projects – Projects that involve and inspire the community
- Monitoring Project – Projects that measure water quality, species or habitat
- Restoration projects – Projects that restore or enhance riparian habitats, wetlands, streams or rivers
Eligible projects must be implemented within the boundaries of the Sacramento County Stormwater Service or directly affect residents of those areas. The 2021-2022 Watershed Stewardship and Education Grant application is available on the Stormwater Quality Program webpage. The application deadline is September 30, 2021 and grants will be awarded in October. For more information, contact Jeanette Huddleston at 874 4711 or by email, [email protected]