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Watershed Wise: Grant

Watershed Wise School Grant

The grant application process is open for the Watershed Wise School Grant! The San Antonio River Authority (SARA) Watershed Wise School Grant provides funds to build stormwater runoff capture features on a school grounds within Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties. K – 12 public schools are eligible.

The goal of this program is to create awareness of the negative impacts from stormwater runoff on our creeks and rivers, as well as to reduce stormwater runoff on the school site. The purpose of this grant is to educate the public about campus drainage issues including nonpoint source pollution, localized flooding and erosion, and how to address these issues utilizing low impact development features.

Funds are applicable for design, construction, and installation of rain gardens, bioswales, cisterns, or a combination of all. SARA’s educators will provide in-class, hands-on, TEKS-aligned presentations, lessons, and activities dedicated to the importance of low impact development features.

Grant Details

The FY18/19 Watershed Wise School Grant Application is available online.

Steps to apply:

    1. Research low impact development features (see links below):
      Rain Garden – Example 1
      • Rain Garden – Example 2
      • Rain Garden – Example 3
      Cistern – Example 1
      • Cistern – Example 2
      • Bioswale – Example
    2. Identify areas on campus where stormwater is an issue or where water may be captured for reuse. Examples include areas with poor drainage or erosion and large roof areas for rainwater harvesting.
    3. Submit your application by Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. CST.
    4. Take pictures (min 5, max 10, with written caption for each) of areas identified for low impact development (LID) features, and email the photos to jaalfs@sara-tx.org (ie. areas with poor drainage and large roof areas) by Friday, February 8, 2019 at 5 p.m. CST.
    5. Finalists will be notified by Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. CST.

Click here to view the scoring rubric.

Click here to view a gallery of projects previously funded by the Watershed Wise Grant.