Agricultural Rainwater and Stormwater Reuse Project, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo 


Partnering with MBNEP, CCC, NOAA, and California Polytechnic State University, Sierra Watershed Progressiveis designed and installed rainwater catchment system at the Beef Unit at California Polytechnical University,San Luis Obispo. By capturing over 289,000 gallons of rainwater from rooftops, high pollutant loadedstormwater runoff is lessened to adjacent Dairy Creek as well as providing summer drinking water for cattle onsite. Most importantly, this project aims at alleviating summer pumping pressure on neighboring PenningtonCreek, a known Steelhead Trout habitat, while potentially increasing base flow in time of low flows or drought.This site will be a focus of monitoring of rainwater catchment effects on stream hydrology as well publicdemonstration of appropriate low impact development strategies.