2017 B-WET awards

B-WET fiscal year 2017 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 2017, one hundred and thirty four new and continuing projects benefitted from a total of over $7 million in funding from the NOAA Office of Education’s B-WET program.

3 students kneel over rocks in intertidal zone looking for species in the water. 2 hold identification keys.
Students located several species within each intertidal zone, tracked diversity and abundance, noted adaptive characteristics, made hypotheses about the niches certain species were occupying, and reflected on the concept of resilience as it relates to human lives and community resilience to natural hazards. (Malama Kai Foundation)

In 2017, funded activities include the Stroud Water Research Center working collaboratively with K-12 and informal watershed education stakeholders on a statewide capacity-building project to advance and expand the environmental literacy and watershed education among Pennsylvanian K-12 students and educators through promoting Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). In Hawaii, funds will support a 10-week experiential afterschool program for 6th graders to gain an intimate connection to Kohala’s coastline. The program combines environmental education with leadership and positive mentorship, and inspires students to be involved in coastal stewardship through place-based learning and service projects. In Texas, 40 middle school teachers will experience five MWEEs first-hand. They will gain understanding of Texas watersheds, environmental literacy, and STEM subjects, which will allow them to develop a pilot student MWEE. The ultimate goal is the adoption of the student MWEE in schools statewide.

B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the 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.

2017 B-WET awards, by region, are:


Recipient Project State Amount
California State University, Channel Islands Crossing the Channel (CTC) Camarillo, CA $59,955
Elkhorn Slough Foundation Celebrating Our Slough - Connecting Neighbors to the Elkhorn Slough Watsonville, CA $41,543
Local Earth Action Forum/ Sonoma Ecology Inspiring Water Wonders and Creating Climate Champions Sonoma, CA $39,986
One Cool Earth San Luis Obispo County Watershed Education Project Paso Robles, CA $60,000
San Antonio Union School District Study of the Effects of Climate Change on the Lake San Antonio Watershed Lockwood, CA $55,261
San Jose Children's Discovery Museum BioSITE CONNECT San Jose, CA $54,947
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE), Inc. Teaching Our NextGen Green Infrastructure for Coastal Adaptation Calabasas, CA $49,974
The Watershed Project Wild Oysters, Living Shorelines and our Changing Climate Richmond, CA $53,750

Chesapeake Bay

Recipient Project State Amount
Charles County Public Schools CCPS Bridging the Watershed MWEE La Plata, MD $311,955
Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Capacity Building in the Chesapeake Region Annapolis, MD $600,000
Earth Force Inc. Alliance to Advance Student Action Projects Denver, CO $273,125
James River Association Students Investigating Urban Parks: Providing MWEEs to Richmond Public Schools Richmond, VA $449,849
Stroud Water Research Center Pennsylvania Environmental Literacy and MWEE Programming Capacity Building Avondale, PA $298,877
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Making the Link: Aligning MWEEs with NGSS and MD E-Lit Cambridge, MD $298,685
Virginia Department of Education Virginia Environmental Literacy Cohort Richmond, VA $130,131

Gulf of Mexico

Recipient Project State Amount
Alma Bryant High School (Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County) Oyster Reef and Saltmarsh Restoration in Coastal Alabama Mobile, AL $68,251
Mobile Baykeeper, Inc. Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program (SWAMP) Mobile, AL $87,294
School Board of Sarasota County, FL Sarasota Watershed Educator Learning Lab (SWELL) Sarasota, FL $99,923
Texas State Aquarium Coastal Bend Watershed Resilience Education Corpus Christi, TX $100,000
University of Florida Nature Coast Adventure: Connecting Grade School Students with an Undeveloped Coastline Gainsville, FL $69,958
University of Houston - Victoria Gulf Coast Guadalupe River Watershed Teacher and Student Environmental Education Victoria, TX $100,000


Recipient Project State Amount
Alakaina Molokai Digital Bus (MDB) KILO Project (Keiki Investigate Learn & Observe) Kahua Meaola Honolulu, HI $74,126
Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Learning Aina Through Kahoolawe and Arts Integration Wailuku, HI $79,333
Hawaii State Department of Education Promoting Cultural Based Knowledge and Practices Through Environmental Stewardship and Preservation Hoolehua, HI $88,213
Hui O Hauula Ahupuaa o Hauula: Watershed Xplorers Hauula, HI $99,990
Lanai Culture & Heritage Center E Ike Hou ia Lanai Lanai City, HI $103,935
Malama Kai Foundation Local to Global Science, Service Learning, and Community Sharing for North Hawaii 6th Graders Kamuela, HI $150,000
Pacific American Foundation NALU Studies Kauai Project Kaneohe, HI $150,000
Pacific American Foundation WIRED Program, Phase II: Watershed Investigation, Research, Education, and Design Kaneohe, HI $150,000
Youth Service Hawaii Sustaining the Ahupuaa Kaneohe, HI $150,000

New England

Recipient Project State Amount
Gulf of Maine Research Institute Building Sustainable Regional Capacity to Advance Environmental Literacy Portland, ME $216,987
Massachusetts Audubon, Inc Delivering Meaningful Watershed and Fish Experiences through Science for Solution Lincoln, MA $211,234
Save the Bay, Inc Narragansett Bay Field Studies: How Healthy is Your Local Urban System?  Providence, RI $233,992
SoundWaters, Inc Long Island Sound Oyster Investigation Fairfield, CT $168,439

Pacific Northwest

Recipient Project State Amount
Chehalis River Education Consortium Chehalis River Connection: Using Water Quality to Connect Students and Inspire Environmental Stewardship Across Chehalis Basin Tumwater, WA $45,000
Environmental Science Center Salmon Heroes: Watershed Education and Water Quality Training for Underserved Students Burien, WA $36,500
Feiro Marine Life Center North Olympic Watershed Science Program (NOW Science) Port Angeles, WA $48,193
Lummi Indian Business Council Lummi Nation Youth: Importance of Water Quality and Healthy Watersheds to the Lummi
Schelangen (“Way of Life”)
Bellingham, WA $59,792
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Watershed Connections - Hands on Salmon, Climate, and Ocean Science  White Salmon, WA $58,582
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association The Students for Salmon (SFS) Program Bellingham, WA $50,564
Oregon State University MWEEs by the Sea: Connecting Oregon Coast Educators and Students with Resources to
Support Project Based Learning
Newport, OR $60,000
Port Townsend School District #50 Building Awareness and Understanding of Ocean Acidification in a Coastal Community Port Townsend, WA $43,454
RE Sources Rural Young Water Stewards Project Bellingham, WA $49,823

Funding amounts listed above are full federal award amounts for all years of the award. In addition to the awards listed above, NOAA supported 91 continuing awards. For more details about B-WET awards, please visit the regional program websites.