Sweetwater Authority (Authority) was recently awarded with a grant of $19,750 from the trustees of the Hans & Margaret Doe Charitable Trust at San Diego Foundation to aid in the creation of an interactive watershed exhibit at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center (Museum).
The generous funding will support the Authority’s portion of the collaborative effort with the Museum to create an exhibit that highlights the historical significance of the Sweetwater watershed, Sweetwater Dam, and the Authority’s role in providing water to the community.
“We are extremely grateful to the Doe Charitable Trust for their generous support,” said Board Chair Hector Martinez. “This project is a testament to the power of partnerships, and underscores the Authority’s firm commitment to serving our community through education and outreach. The grant also exemplifies the Authority’s ongoing efforts to seek alternative funding sources to minimize costs for our ratepayers.”
Sweetwater Authority will create the computerized portion of the exhibit, which will feature a monitor displaying videos, photos, and interactive components to engage and educate museum visitors. That portion will integrate into a larger, wooden kiosk, designed and funded by Museum, featuring a 3D model of the Sweetwater River watershed, along with photos and informational panels. Together, these components will create a powerful, permanent exhibit aimed at enriching the community’s understanding of their water supply and provider.
The Bonita Museum serves over 600 students from local schools a year, and provides bussing for visiting classes. Outside of school visitors, the museum sees over 15,000 visitors a year.
For more information on the Authority’s educational efforts and community partnerships, visit www.sweetwater.org/education.