Inland Empire Waterkeeper partnered with Clearwater Elementary in Perris, CA to educate teachers and students on water sustainability through the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS).
The DROPS program conducts projects that are focused on reducing stormwater pollution and providing multiple benefits including water conservation, water supply augmentation, energy savings, increased awareness of water resource sustainability, and reduced dry weather runoff.
Clearwater Elementary is a newly constructed school that features drought and water conscience features. These features are as follows: rain gardens, bioswales, retention basin, cisterns, drought tolerant plants, and other low impact designs.
Inland Empire Waterkeeper has taught the teachers of Clearwater how to make use of wonderful features to inspire and educate their students. We give them instructions on how to integrate their rain gardens into lesson plans. How to educate students on water quality and how to conduct fun labs using water quality testing kits. We inspired the teachers to use their new campus as an outdoor lab to educate and engage students to become water stewards of the future.