Adopt-a-School Program

Download the 2013-14 funding request form.  

The Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) is an association of water environment professionals who support student education and career-building efforts in the stormwater and wastewater fields. Our rivers and wetlands are healthier than they’ve been in generations, but more work is needed to protect our watersheds and community livability. The Adopt-A School program was established to support water science education, involvement and restoration activities by 6th-12th grade students in Oregon, Washington and Idaho who are working toward clean water education goals.



Evaluation Criteria and Process


The following evaluation criteria ensure tracking and accountability for funds allocated to schools, promote fair distribution of funds, and leverage PNCWA’s public education goals.

  • Curriculum/project is for 6th – 12th grade students during 2013-2014 school year.
  • Curriculum/project is science-based and includes wastewater and/or stormwater education elements.
  • Curriculum/project includes presentation from partner wastewater/stormwater utility expert and/or a wastewater treatment facility tour.

A PNCWA review committee will determine the level of funding to be awarded. A check payable to the school will be mailed with a form to be signed and returned by a representative of the school. The form is an agreement to use the money only as proposed unless otherwise approved; provide project maintenance and/or follow up as necessary; and provide PNCWA with an accounting of how the money was spent.



Amount Available 

The average funding level is $500 per application/applicant, and may vary depending on the number of applicants.   


Funds are available on a first come, first serve basis and must be used for the 2013-2014 school year.
Projects will be evaluated using above mentioned criteria. Award recipients will be notified within two weeks of application receipt.

Download the 2013-14 funding request form.

For more information please contact:

If you have questions regarding this funding, please call PNCWA Public Education Committee Chair Karen DeBaker at (503) 681-3643 or Email, mail or fax completed form to:

Clean Water Services
Attn: Karen DeBaker
2550 SW Hillsboro Highway
Hillsboro, OR 97123
(503) 681-3603 FAX


Schools in the News:

PNCWA Adopt-a-School Program in action:

Chehalis River Discovery Trail/Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours program for Centralia students

The Chehalis Basin Education Consortium (CBEC), the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust (CRBLT) and the City of Centralia are offering Chehalis River Discovery field studies and tours of the City of Centralia’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.   

The field study will consist of: a tour for students of the City of Centralia’s wastewater treatment plant and a walk along the Discovery Trail to “discover the importance of healthy riparian zones for salmon”. We’ll provide copies of “A Guide to the Chehalis River Discovery Trail” for each student to record their field experiences.
Educational Objectives of the Experience

    • Help students enhance their appreciation and understanding of the Chehalis Watershed and to develop respect for the important role that healthy riparian zones and the Chehalis River play in the basin.
    • To observe and learn about the salmon restoration work in progress.
    • Enable students to use the outdoors as a research and educational learning environment.
    • Help students learn about wastewater treatment plants and how a “natural process is compressed in time and space.”
    • Help students begin to acquire the skills to identify and resolve local community and environmental problems. 

Funding is made possible through a grant from the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association.


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