2022 B-WET awards

B-WET fiscal year 2022 grant awards support watershed education projects for K-12 teachers and students around the country.

NOAA brings thousands of K-12 teachers and students around the country outside for hands-on environmental education opportunities as part of Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) projects. In fiscal year 2022, 181 new and continuing projects benefitted from a total of more than $7 million in funding from the NOAA Office of Education’s B-WET program.

A student looks through binoculars at a body of water with greenery surrounding the area.
Advanced Placement® Environmental Science students from Buena High School in California identify seabirds at the Ventura River Estuary as part of their citizen science activities with the California B-WET-funded Ventura River Action Network 2021-2022 program. (Rocío Lozano-Knowlton, MERITO foundation).

B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and Pacific Northwest. 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/or utilize local NOAA field sites and data where appropriate. Awards in the Great Lakes region are made possible by funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

2022 B-WET awards, by region, are:


Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Earth Team Aqua Team - Sustainable Youth Watershed Internships Richmond, CA $50,360
Greater Farallones Association Engaging Coastal Communities in Kelp Forest Recovery San Francisco, CA $35,382
Salinas Union High School District Community Science & Outdoor Learning Collaborative Salinas, CA $99,840
Santa Clara County Office of Education Student and Professional Learning to Advance Stewardship for H2O! (SPLASH!) San Jose, CA $298,985
Santa Cruz County Office of Education Every Classroom a Green Classroom Santa Cruz, CA $299,999
Save the Whales Bees, Butterflies, and Blue Whales: Teaching South Monterey County Students about Ecosystem Resilience Salinas, CA $209,685
Solano County Superintendent Of Schools Spinning Salmon Monitoring Project Fairfield, CA $300,000
Ventana Wildlife Society MBNMS Watershed Exploration Program for Teachers and Teens Monterey, CA $195,000

Chesapeake Bay

Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Blast Intermediate Unit #17 Get 'OUTSIDEE’ (Ongoing Understanding through Science Inquiry and Diverse Environmental Experiences) Williamsport, PA $83,102
Central Columbia School District Environmental Literacy Plan for Capacity Building & Curriculum Programming Bloomsburg, PA $57,337
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Pennsylvania Environmental Action Teams Annapolis, MD $272,359
Friends of Rappahannock River History and Watershed Science: A Community Based Approach to MWEEs Fredericksburg, VA $229,777
Gettysburg College Partnership for Adams County Environmental Literacy (PACE) Gettysburg, PA $296,032
Hanover Caroline Soil & Water Conservation District Building Capacity for Environmental Literacy in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula Hanover, VA $158,737
Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Maryland Environmental Literacy Advisory Network Baltimore, MD $200,000
National Career Technical Education Foundation Developing A State Framework for Incorporating Environmental Literacy in Career Technical Education Silver Spring, MD $193,450
Paleontological Research Institute A Watershed of Trees Ithaca, NY $299,468
Stroud Water Research Center Building Sustainable and Equitable Capacity Support Systems towards Environmental Literacy for All K-12 Audiences Across Pennsylvania Avondale, PA $200,000
Virginia Commonwealth University Petersburg Environmental Activities and Regional Learning (PEARL) Richmond, VA $229,764
Virginia Institute of Marine Science Virginia Teachers Innovating and Designing Experiential Science (VA TIDES) - Phase 2 Gloucester Point, VA $50,476
York County School Division Fostering Bay Stewardship by Building Capacity to Lead MWEEs Yorktown, VA $225,000

Great Lakes

Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Board of Education of City of Chicago Calumet is My Back Yard: Building Student and Teacher Leadership Chicago, IL $79,996
Case Western Reserve University Smart Citizen Science Curriculum Dissemination and Implementation Cleveland, OH $76,110
Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Preventing Marine Debris Today for Healthy Waters Tomorrow Alpena, MI $79,856
Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District First Rings First: MWEEs for Teachers and Underrepresented Students in the Cuyahoga River Area of Concern Cleveland, OH $79,953
Eastern Michigan University Schoolyard Stewards: Place-Based Watershed Explorations Supporting Community Resilience Ypsilanti, MI $80,000
Flint River Watershed Coalition Flint River Environmental Leaders: A Systemic Community Approach to Water Quality Solutions Through a Youth Lens Flint, MI $79,525
Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve Niagara River/Lake Erie Classrooms Depew, NY $76,006
Friends of the Rouge The Rouge Education Project Plymouth, MI $80,000
Grand Valley State University Great Lakes MWEE Toolkit for Educators and Students Allendale, MI $79,918
Inland Seas Education Association Great Lakes Watershed Field Course Suttons Bay, MI $75,522
Michigan Technological University Expanding MWEEs for Rural Schools – Exploring the Geoheritage of Lake Superior Coastal Sites (Exploring Our Foundations) Houghton, MI $77,041
Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council Mid-Michigan Watershed Connections East Lansing, MI $46,817
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Muskegon, MI $79,975
Upstate Freshwater Institute Lake Ontario, Oneida, Onondaga Program Syracuse, NY $79,987
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Fox-Wolf River Connections Poynette, WI $80,000

Gulf of Mexico

Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Artist Boat Island Style (Systemic Training for Youth Leadership in the Environment) Galveston, TX $150,000
Auburn University Improving, Expanding, and Sustaining the Exploration of Pathogen Pollution in Our Waters by Students in the Gulf of Mexico Watershed Auburn, AL $100,000
County of Escambia (The Pensacola and Perdido Bays Estuary Program) Pensacola Bay System Oyster Restoration Education and Engagement Framework Pensacola, FL $100,000
Florida Gulf Coast University Network Influencers Coalition for K-12 Climate Literacy Education Across Florida Fort Myers, FL $94,437
Louisiana State University Changes of the Pontchartrain Basin: Historical and Ecological Differences Due to Climate Change Baton Rouge, LA $79,136
Pontchartrain Conservancy FLOW: Facilitating Learning in Our Watershed - St. John the Baptist Parish New Orleans, LA $150,000


Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests The Pilina Kaiaulu Program Hilo, HI $146,702
Chaminade University of Honolulu Mauka to Makai: Watershed Experience for Teachers Honolulu, HI $147,355
Kohala Center Ka Ua Naulu o Kawaihae Kamuela, HI $150,000
Le Jardin Academy Koolaupoko Impact Collective: Kawainui Youth Stewardship Program Kailua, HI $136,040
Learning Endeavors Champions of Coastal Resilience: Developing Climate Stewards & Caring for our Coastal Communities Wailuku, HI $75,000
Pacific American Foundation Wisdom of the Watershed Phase II Kaneohe, HI $150,000
Recycle Hawaii Na Waa Mauo- Project Hanau ka uku koakoa, a Honuaiakea Voyaging Experience Hilo, HI $148,235
University of Hawaii (Manoa) Iolani Paepae o Wai Ekolu: Place-based Watershed Education and Caring for Stream Ecosystems Honolulu, HI $75,000

New England

Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor Learning from the Lake Vergennes, VT $222,490
Massachusetts Audubon Rivers to Sea Anywhere, Anytime Watershed Education Lincoln, MA $295,055

Pacific Northwest

Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians "Changing Currents: Summit to the Sea" Water Education Project Portland, OR $75,000
Cascade Fisheries WOW (Watching Over the Watershed): Eastmont & North Central Washington Schools Wenatchee, WA $149,454
Environmental Science Center From Salmon Heroes to Orca Actions: Connecting the Watershed from Stream to Sea Burien, WA $79,860
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association Students for Salmon Program Bellingham, WA $144,500
Twin Harbors Waterkeeper From Headwaters to the Ocean: Muddy Boots in Your Watershed for Coastal High School Students Aberdeen, WA $139,442

Funding amounts listed above are full federal award amounts for all years of the award. In addition to the awards listed above, NOAA supported 124 continuing awards. For more details about B-WET awards, please visit the regional program websites. Learn more about the impacts of this program.