The NOAA B-WET program supports watershed education projects for K-12 teachers and students around the country.

B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Since 2002, NOAA has awarded over $74 million to support more than 630 B-WET projects. Grantees were selected through a rigorous peer review process administered by a NOAA program office in their region. All B-WET applicants are encouraged to partner with local NOAA offices and use local NOAA field sites and data where appropriate.

In 2016, funded activities include the National Aquarium and Baltimore City Schools working together to design and pilot MWEEs (Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences), using the Aquarium’s Model Urban Waterfront as a classroom and laboratory. In New England, funds will support middle school and high school teachers and their students to become active stewards of watershed resources in order to protect herring, alewife, eel and shellfish living in the Taunton (MA) River Watershed. In Florida, funds support high school students and teachers to gain science dive certification while studying three historical artificial reef sites in local waters. Both students and teachers are taught how to operate and collect data from an aquatic environment to research human impact on the reefs.

Awards announcement archive

Previously funded projects

Interested in learning more about past B-WET projects? See the regional program websites below or contact your regional program manager for more information.