FlowsToBay 2nd Annual High School Contest 2018

The San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (SMCWPPP) invites you and your students to participate in our 2nd Annual Flows To Bay High School Contest. This contest, which is open to all San Mateo County high schools and, invites students to think critically about how to address local stormwater pollution issues through innovative green solutions that can be incorporated onto their school campus.


Why Participate?


For Teachers:

  1. Opportunity to teach students about pressing environmental issues that affect water pollution such as: stormwater, litter, and toxic chemicals.


For Students:

  1. Gain key research skills for college preparation and the opportunity to be featured in SMCWPPP newsletters and media outlets.
  2. Submit a project proposal to improve your school and that can potentially leave a legacy.



Due Date

Item Due 


February 15, 2018


Intent to participate from teachers

Teachers will send email to Joy Contreras with your intent to participate and approximately how many students from your class will be participating in the contest.

April 2, 2018


Proposals due to teachers for internal review

Students will submit project proposals to their teachers, who will select the top proposal to submit to the County for consideration. 

April 16, 2018

Top project proposals due to FlowsToBay

Teachers will submit the selected project proposal and submit electronically to Joy Contreras

May 15, 2018

Notification of contest results

FlowsToBay will announce the contest winners and publicize the winning students' project proposals in the countywide newsletter.


Contact: If you are a San Mateo County high school teacher or student interested in participating, reach out to Joy Contreras at using subject line "2018 Flows to Bay High School Contest."


Other opportunities for students in San Mateo County
If you are interested in stormwater pollution prevention outreach for elementary and middle school-age students, there are ongoing County-led education programs you can take advantage of:
  • The Outdoor Ed program uses an oil watershed diorama to reach middle and elementary school students, demonstrating how these substances make their way into our watersheds. For more information on the program, contact: Mark Nolan, director,