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Introducing Follow the Drop
The Follow the Drop mobile app© is an enterprise climate-technology software and data platform for stormwater utilities and other agencies concerned with flooding and water quality issues. It is the first mobile application to serve both as a bottom-up and top-down solution to empower communities to address stormwater management and build resiliency. Our easy-to-use software simplifies the data collection process and optimizes the size and type of green infrastructure solutions to capture stormwater on an individual property. Specifically for stormwater utilities, the app can be distributed to their customer base as a community engagement tool to expand the reach of green infrastructure incentive programs and enable property owners to easily identify stormwater capture projects and submit their projects to the agency for a potential fee credit, rebate, or grant. The data collected in the Follow the Drop app is stored in our cloud database where 3Rwater provides data management and analytics for the utilities or other municipal agencies to track the locations, status, and volumes of stormwater captured of the submitted projects to support asset management, maintenance assurance, billing, compliance reporting, and/or sustainability metrics.
Follow the Drop™
The Follow the Drop mobile app serves as an easy-to-use data collection and analysis tool to identify how much stormwater a property is generating and providing optimum sizing and types of green infrastructure solutions. The mobile app can be used for green infrastructure planning, collecting stormwater metrics, support asset management as well as a fee credit or rebate application tool for property owners to take advantage of stormwater utilities incentive programs for reducing stormwater runoff. The app also supports cities that are transitioning to smart, sustainable infrastructure that need tools to engage the public and stormwater metrics for tracking milestones.
Educating the community on methods of climate adaptation is an important step to build resilient communities. The Follow the Drop mobile application supports educational outreach to the public to take action on their own properties to reduce stormwater runoff and build water security. 3Rwater also developed the Follow the Drop design-thinking curriculum to engage and empower the youth to take part in building resiliency. See our Follow the Drop Curriculum.
Follow the Drop Curriculum
The Follow the Drop curriculum was created to teach students about the design-thinking process and use critical thinking skills to identify solutions to stormwater management. Developed by professionals in the field of green infrastructure, the curriculum offers real-world examples of current water issues and techniques to build resiliency. The curriculum has been designed to meet a variety of educational standards, including Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Standards, and Common Core Math (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT). It includes 13 lessons and culminates with student-led green infrastructure projects to address stormwater management on campus.
The Follow the Drop Curriculum can be used to support cities’ stormwater education programs and community engagement using the Follow the Drop mobile app. It can allow students to be engaged in the design-thinking process while also identifying opportunities to capture stormwater runoff on their campuses and in their communities.