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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Western announces 2021 Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grant for Educators awardees

RIVERSIDE, CA – Western Municipal Water District (Western) has awarded more than $6,000 to 11 teachers in Riverside County through the Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grants for Educators (Krieger Grant) program. The program helps fund creative classroom projects that further a better understanding of water and the vital role it plays in the community. 

Each fall, qualifying teachers can apply to receive funding for water-related classroom projects. Regional water education leaders in Western’s service area review each submission and select the winners. This year’s awards include projects that focus on human impacts to soils and water, creating a drought-tolerant pollinator garden and building mini wastewater treatment plants. 

For the 2021 grant cycle, the Krieger Grant program added a new virtual learning component. In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, teachers have been supporting distance learning for nearly a year, and Western rose to the occasion to increase support of those teacher’s significant efforts. Grant recipients are now required to demonstrate how their projects are being used to enhance virtual learning for students. 

“Before the pandemic, Krieger Grant funding supported teachers who wanted to embark on in-person, hands-on projects that would otherwise not have been feasible,” said Western’s General Manager Craig Miller. “This year’s recipients were challenged to take their projects to the next level, demonstrating that the funding could improve virtual learning, which is no small feat. Our students are tomorrow’s leaders, voters and workers, helping them take an interest in water is necessary for our region.”

Congratulations to Western’s 2021 Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grants for Educators recipients:  

  • John Chung | Ortega High School
  • Glenda Haas | Railroad Canyon Elementary School
  • Lillian McCandless | John W. North High School
  • Danielle Dickens  | Tuscany Hills Elementary School
  • Jessie Rubner | William Collier Elementary School
  • Tisha Trinh | Machado Elementary School
  • Chantelle Loitz | Elsinore High School
  • Abbe Kya | Santiago High School
  • Kevin Mobley | Elsinore High School
  • Christopher Spencer | Santiago High School
  • Natalee Boggs | Shivela Middle School with Murrieta Mesa High School

The Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grants for Educators program was named after Lois B. Krieger, a true pioneer in the water industry. Krieger served on the Board of Directors for both Western Municipal Water District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) for 25 years. She was the first female Chairman of the Board at MWD from 1989 to 1992. The grant bears her name due to her commitment to water and water education.

For more information about Western’s education program, visit wmwd.com/Education. Stay up to date on Western’s latest education programs and happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  

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Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly a million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work and play within 527 square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. Learn more: wmwd.com.

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