Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools
DROPS is a California Grant that helped SWEP provide education and outreach for best management practices and watershed conservation throughout Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, as well as implementing BMPs at Kings Beach Elementary and Truckee High school sites.
Kings Beach Elementary students learned how storm drains in our community and schools lead directly to Lake Tahoe, and how our daily actions have a ripple effect
on water quality. The students created storm drain symbol stencils to incorporate into a storm drain art project where their message could be shared.
SWEP partnered with Artist Sara Smith with this project.
At many outreach events such as the Truckee Airport Show and STEAM Fair, SWEP hosted booths where attendees created Native Seed Bombs filled with native seeds and learned how native vegetation helps filter out possible water pollutants.
TTUSD students from four different school sites worked on an outreach art sculpture that permanently resides at Truckee High. This sculpture brings continuous messages of our impact on the watershed and our need to protect the ecosystem and wildlife. The sculpture represents the local watershed above Donner Lake.
SWEP partnered with The Truckee Roundhouse and metal artists Matt Parkhurst and Neil Wangsgard with this sculpture.
Art & Outreach
Students have been monitoring, collecting data, and observing water flow after storm events at Truckee High and Kings Beach Elementary sites where LID features have been implemented.
SWEP club members emphasized the importance of not dumping any pollutants into the streets and surrounding areas because these drains lead straight to the lake.
Envirolution Club members empower younger students
and the community to take action towards conservation measures through “Lead it, Live it” Trashion Show Assemblies. Students provide witty messages in these shows giving audience members "how to" lead lives with less waste and more attention towards water and energy conservation.
Sustainability Club Involvement
Students explore stormwater and the effects pollution has on the health of our watershed while experimenting with filtration methods to produce clean water. Students conduct experiments to discover the best filtration systems and tested various materials to filter water before it enters the watershed.
Superintendent Dr. Robert Leri and Kings Beach Elementary
students released native Lahontan Cutthroat Trout raised through the Trout in the Classroom program.
Hands-on scientific exploration of Low Impact Development features during the SWEP hosted Science Festival Assemblies where students use models to simulate a storm event. Students observe and analyze how the water is filtered through vegetated swales, catchment basins, and drip line trenches, affecting water quality.