Olivehurst Schools - water education pilot program
Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program
The California Department of Water Resources Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program is a Proposition 1-funded grant program designed to ensure the involvement of disadvantaged communities, economically distressed areas, or underrepresented communities in Integrated Regional Water Management planning efforts. Yuba Water Agency has agreed to be the grantee for a $3.7 million grant and is now using those funds to help invest in unique ways to continuously advance community outreach and water education.
Olivehurst Public Utility District Education Outreach Program
Under that disadvantaged community grant, a case study was developed for Yuba County to conduct a youth and community water education program within Olivehurst. Yuba Water is partnering with Olivehurst Public Utility District and Burdick & Co. to implement this pilot program.
The program complements Olivehurst Schools' existing core curriculum, while assisting teachers and students in learning more about water, where it comes from, how to conserve it, and whether or not it is sanitary. Students receive in-classroom education, as well as water-related assemblies and a field trip on the Yuba River through the South Yuba River Citizens League's Salmon Expedition program.
The goal is to improve student learning in the areas of water access, availability, conservation and ecosystems, as well as to inspire the next generation of youth to be aware and knowledgeable when it comes to the water they drink.
Additionally, Yuba Water provided a separate $20,000 grant for students involved in that Olivehurst program, to purchase water-related educational items, including literature, four water-filling stations for schools, water bottles for students, water shoes for field trips to the river, and other items that are not covered in the initial grant from DWR.
(Images: Ella Elementary School students from Olivehurst, CA participate in the Salmon Expedition field trip as part of this special pilot education program)