The third Be Water Wise effort took place in Washington, D.C. during the 2011-2012 school year. Students and teachers from participating schools are utilizing the model established by Be Water Wise Miami and Be Water Wise Atlanta. Be Water Wise DC is focusing on stormwater management faced by those living in an urban area within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. NEEF is headquartered in Washington and views this as a unique opportunity to increase its involvement in the local community while piloting Be Water Wise in another city with distinct water challenges. Please learn more via the links below.
Be Water Wise DC was made possible by the generous support of HSBC Bank.
New! D.C. Students Help Solve Real-World Water Challenges, press release (PDF), issued June 4, 2012
DCPS Students Work on Water Conservation, by Jessica Gould, WAMU 88.5, October 20, 2011
Innovative Water Education Program Starts in D.C. Schools, press release (PDF), issued October 19, 2011
Be Water Wise DC Launches!, DC Water What's on Tap? newsletter Vol. 12 Issue 8, September 2011
D.C. Students to Help Solve Local Stormwater Challenges in the Anacostia and Potomac Watersheds, press release (PDF), issued June 20, 2011
Be Water Wise DC Schools
The following schools participated in Be Water Wise DC:
New! D.C. Students Help Solve Real-World Water Challenges (Facebook) Be Water Wise DC Participants Present Their Ideas to City Officials
Be Water Wise DC Rain Barrel Contest (Facebook) The sun came out today for our Be Water Wise DC rain barrel contest judging. Held in Washington, DC, our program partners including lead sponsor HSBC, the District Dept. of the Environment (DDOE), DC Water and others admired & reviewed the artfully decorated and painted rain barrels by students at participating DC schools
Be Water Wise DC Timeline
Spring 2011 - schools selected to participate
Fall 2011 - teacher and facilities staff training workshop, students assess school building and develop project ideas
Winter 2012 - schools apply for grant funds
Spring 2012 - grant projects implemented, students present their projects to city officials
Be Water Wise DC Partners
School Project and Data Map
Over the course of their projects, participating Be Water Wise DC schools will share data, photos and project details on a map created by our friends at National Geographic Education. Click on the map to view the data submitted to date, and be sure to check back often to track the schools' progress!