live Winner / 2015

Dropping Knowledge Project – Building a Water-Literate L.A.

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay wants a resilient, self-sustaining water future for the great people of Los Angeles! Building on the success of the organization’s high-impact outreach efforts, Heal the Bay’s Dropping Knowledge Project – Building a Water Literate L.A. – will bring meaningful, streamlined water-focused messages to the masses.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • Central LA
  • East LA
  • South LA
  • Westside
  • South Bay
  • County of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles
  • 95 neighborhood councils representing the city of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Percent of imported water
  • Acres and miles of polluted waterways
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Heal the Bay will evaluate the success of the Dropping Knowledge Project using the following metrics:

Between January 1, 2016-January 31, 2016: Partner contracts will be signed. Heal the Bay will finalize its multi-language curriculum, with input from scientists and partner organizations.

Between February 1, 2016 and February 28, 2016: Heal the Bay will introduce 35 individuals to its water literacy curriculum through its existing Speakers Bureau training program.

Between February 1, 2016 and February 28, 2016: Heal the Bay will train volunteers/community partners.

Between February 2016 and November 2016: Staff and trained volunteers will provide 150 water-literacy presentations for 8,000 individuals, with a special focus on 95 L.A. neighborhood councils.

Dropping Knowledge Project materials will also be disseminated at 75 community festivals across the city reaching 10,000 people.

Heal the Bay will evaluate feedback offered through pre- and post tests.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Education/training
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support