On May 29, 2015, the California State Water Board announced that the Chico Unified School District was awarded a $445,220 Drought Response Outreach Programs for Schools (DROPS) Grant. 
 
Utilizing this grant, CUSD constructed “Low Impact Development” (LID) at 9 sites, grouped together by location creating East and West projects.  Our primary goal was to reduce pollutants entering receiving waters (including groundwater) while preserving each sites predevelopment hydrology.  In other words, storm water will be diverted from roof downspouts to storm drain systems and be kept onsite flowing to permeable surfaces or natural bio landscape similar to the hydrology that existed on the site prior to development.
 
Bidwell Jr. High School
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Chapman Elementary School
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Chico Jr. High School
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Citrus Elementary School
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McManus Elementary School
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