2019 Clean Stormwater Grants Awarded

The Board of Directors awarded $14,000 in Clean Stormwater Grants for one school project & eight 5th grade field trips.

News release

The purpose of the grant program is to increase public involvement on environmental education and improvement projects to promote stormwater quality.

The grant program creates and maintains District partnerships with local residents and community groups by funding, in whole or in part, projects that preserve, protect, or educate citizens about our water resources – local stormwater ponding basins, canals, creeks, the San Joaquin River and groundwater.

Volunteer groups, environmental organizations, schools, neighborhood improvement groups and other not-for-profit associations are encouraged to apply. Projects must take place within the District’s service area, which is generally described as the Fresno-Clovis metropolitan area.

The District is always open to new ideas and encourages innovation! If you have any questions about Clean Stormwater Grants, please call Joseph Draper at the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, (559) 456-3292, or e-mail to Josephd@fresnofloodcontrol.org.

The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District provides Clean Stormwater Grants to help fund environmental education and improvement projects related to stormwater quality.

Funding is provided to projects that increase public involvement in environmental education and improvement to stormwater quality.

Projects must provide a direct benefit or service to the residents of the District. The District’s service boundaries encompass the Fresno-Clovis metropolitan area, Easton, and extends to the northeastern foothills. To find out if your school or organization is within the boundaries of the District open the District boundary map.

The Clean Stormwater Grant applications are released by the District’s Board of Directors in September. The applications are due in November and the grants are awarded in December. To be notified when the grants are released e-mail Joseph Draper at josephd@fresnofloodcontrol or like our Facebook page.

$2,000 Grants

These projects can get funding for up to $2,000. Projects must accomplish one or more the following objectives:

  • Stormwater Quality Information and Education – Inform and educate the general public, specific members of the community, or students about the following: 1) local water resources, supplies and sources; 2) water quality and water pollution prevention; and 3) urban stormwater runoff (where it goes, how it becomes polluted and how citizens can help keep it clean).
  • Household Hazardous Waste Information and Education – Inform and educate the general public, specific members of the community or students about: 1) reducing household hazardous wastes through use of alternative practices or products; and 2) proper use, storage and recycling or disposal of household hazardous wastes, including but not limited to used motor oil, paint wastes and garden chemicals.
  • Business Stormwater Pollution Prevention Assistance and Education – Inform and educate businesses about any or all of the following: 1) water quality and stormwater pollution prevention, 2) compliance with stormwater quality regulations, 3) and urban stormwater runoff (where it goes, how it becomes polluted, and how businesses can help keep it clean).
  • Water Resources Field Trips – Field trips to local facilities to educate students about water quality, water resources, local water supplies and stormwater, including, 1) field trips at the San Joaquin River with Scout Island, San Joaquin River Stewardship Program and the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust, and 2) Field trips to other local attractions that include a strong focus on water resources education.
  • Environmental Restoration, Enhancement and Preservation – Enhance, restore or preserve the quality of a wetland, riparian (creek and river bank), including, but not limited to 1) the removal of litter and wastes, 2) planting appropriate trees or other vegetation, and 3) working with the Department of Fish and Game on a Salmonids in the Classroom project.
  • Environmental Assessment – Assess the quality of habitats in creeks or the San Joaquin River through quantitative or qualitative observation or measurement of species, habitat or water quality.

This year the District is interested in projects that specifically reach these goals. Grant funds cannot be used to develop or implement stormwater pollution prevention plans, monitoring or other activities required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System stormwater permits.

Contact Joseph Draper at (559) 456-3292 or Josephd@fresnofloodcontrol.org for more information.

High Priority Grants

The District is interested in having groups submit grant applications for three specific projects. These projects can get funding for up to $4,000. The projects are:

  1. Organize a San Joaquin River Clean Up – The District is looking for a project that will help restore and/or enhance the San Joaquin River. This project can include removing trash and debris from the River, planting along or near the river, and removing invasive plants. We are looking for a group or groups to organize volunteers for a river clean-up day or days. The grant may be used to purchase refreshments for volunteers, disposal fees, tools, supplies, and publicity and promotional materials.
  2. Low Impact Development – Demonstration Project Water Wise Landscaping Project – The District is looking for a project to develop and install or Low Impact Development (LID) demonstrations projects that focus on decreasing the amount of stormwater runoff from individual lots or tract developments by mimicking predevelopment conditions. Click here for more information on LID. LID practices could include infiltrating the stormwater on site, installing pervious areas such as pavers and pervious concrete, directly downspouts to landscaped areas and creating rain gardens with low water use and native plants modify landscaping to use low water plants, native plants and appropriate irrigation. This project should develop LID demonstration areas in a publicly accessible location, a common area within an established development or model home lots.

Contact Joseph Draper at (559) 456-3292 or Josephd@fresnofloodcontrol.org for more information.

Field Trip Grants

The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District is offering grants to 5th grade classes for field trips to Scout Island at the San Joaquin River. The field trip will be focused on learning about our local water resources and the importance of keeping them clean.

The grant will fund transportation and the facility docent fees for all 5th grade students at your school. You can order free activity books, infographics, pencils, local water cycle poster and a Storm Drains 101 DVD. Patrick Bryan, a District employee, can also do a presentation about local water resources and conservation before your trip.

Scout Island is open for school field trips in April, May, June, September and October.

We’ll also take applications for other elementary school grade levels. Just note the grade level on the application. Fifth grade classrooms will be given priority. Grant applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2018.

Contact Joseph Draper at (559) 456-3292 or Josephd@fresnofloodcontrol.org for more information.