Trinity Lutheran plans to construct an outdoor educational water area, allowing for students to better understand the water cycle in an urban setting. The proposed education area will create a small-scale simulation area, allowing for students to pour water down a drain and watch it flow into a model creek.
Any debris or other material they mix with the water will be seen flowing into the creek. In the city, as rain falls it is collected in street drains and piped into local creeks. Any pollutants on the street are washed along with it.
The city noted that $15,000 is budgeted from the Surface Water Utility for surface water education grants. None of the grant dollars come from the General Fund. The education grant program has been ongoing since the creation of the Surface Water Utility in 1991. Public Education is a key requirement of the NPDES Phse II Municipal Permit. The grant was approved during Monday’s City Council meeting.
Trinity Lutheran School will be contributing $16,298 to the project.