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February 4, 2014 > Clean Water Program seeking proposals

Clean Water Program seeking proposals

Submitted By the Clean Water Program

The Clean Water Program is inviting proposals from educational organizations for outreach projects in Alameda County schools for school years 2014/15 through 2017/18 (four years of services). Projects must be designed to help K-12 students and teachers understand the connection between storm drains and local creeks, wetlands and the Bay, and to encourage storm water pollution prevention, with an emphasis on litter reduction.

Besides raising awareness, projects should reduce the littering behavior of students and the amount of litter on and around K-12 school campuses. Activities may includeÑbut are not limited toÑschool assemblies, presentations and hands-on activities in the classroom, field trips, outdoor research and restoration projects, and after-school programs.

The Clean Water Program is looking to fund multiple projects, each focused on a specific age group. Proposals for $10,000 or more per project and school year will be considered, for a total of up to $125,000 per year, for up to four years. Eligible organizations include for-profit and non-profit groups, as well as government agencies. Deadline for submissions is March 17.

ÒTeaching our young people to understand and appreciate their connection to water is an important part of our mission, no matter how far from a creek or the ocean they may live,Ó explained Clean Water Program Manager Jim Scanlin. ÒThe educational groups weÕve funded through this program in the past have done a fantastic job bringing the sometimes abstract topic of storm water pollution to life and inspiring in students a sense of stewardship for our local waterways.Ó

Each year, the Clean Water ProgramÕs school projects reach tens of thousands of K-12 students and teachers in Alameda County, at no cost to the school. Often incorporating California State Science and Social Science Standards, the projects are selected for their capacity to engage kids and to make the storm water pollution prevention message relevant inside and out of school.

For more information about the Clean Water Program, visit: www.cleanwaterprogram.org.

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