2019 B-WET awards

B-WET fiscal year 2019 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 2019, one hundred and seventy-one new and continuing projects benefitted from a total of over $7 million in funding from the NOAA Office of Education’s B-WET program.

2 students sit along Lake Pontchartrain measuring dissolved oxygen
John Curtis School students measure dissolved oxygen during their MWEE experience at Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans (Lake Pontchartrain Basin 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.

2019 B-WET awards, by region, are:


Recipient Project State Amount
California State University, Channel Islands Crossing the Channel Camarillo, CA $59,034
Explore Ecology Flows to the Ocean Project Santa Barbara, CA $50,000
Exploring New Horizons Ecosystem Resiliency: a study of watershed health and biodiversity for Salinas students Felton, CA $33,656
Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria Kashia Elementary School: Promoting Watershed & Ocean Stewardship through a Cultural Context Santa Rosa, CA $17,610
Local Earth Action Forum (Sonoma Ecology Center) Inspiring Water Wonders and Creating Climate Champions Sonoma, CA $39,986
Marine Science Institute Redwood Creek Watershed Investigators and Sea Level Rise Heroes Redwood City, CA $55,701
Napa County Resource Conservation District LandSmart Youth Stewards: Salmon to Sanctuary Napa, CA $59,382
Santa Cruz County Office of Education Relevant Action and Learning for Science Santa Cruz, CA $300,000
Water Education Foundation Watershed Institute for Teachers: Understanding Systems, Respecting Cultures, Activating Student Stewards  Sacramento, CA $59,666
Watsonville Wetlands Watch Building Capacity in Environmental Literacy in the Pajaro Valley Watsonville, CA $60,000

Chesapeake Bay

Recipient Project State Amount
Elizabeth River Project Project Blue Crab: Fourth Graders Take Action to Protect a Chesapeake Bay Fishery Portsmouth, VA $314,993
Pennsylvania State University Headwater Investigations for Kids and Educators to Promote Watershed Research and Stewardship State College, PA $296,236
ShoreRivers Sturgeon Discovery Program Easton, MD $209,930
Towson University Harbor Scholar Professional Learning Workshop Towson, MD $448,345
Virginia Commonwealth University Bivalves as Ecosystems Sustaining Treasures (BEST) in Bay Watersheds Richmond, VA $447,599

Great Lakes

Recipient Project State Amount
Chicago Public Schools Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY) Program Chicago, IL $74,325
Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate District Connecting the Watershed Dots: Clear Lake, Escanaba River, Bay de Noc, Lake Michigan Escanaba, MI $58,468
Flint River Watershed Coalition Flint River GREEN: Developing a Community-Based, Applied, and Integrated Watershed Curriculum for the Flint River Watershed Flint, MI $74,858
Friends of Reinstein Nature Preserve Day in the Life of the Niagara River/Lake Erie Watershed Depew, NY $66,834
Friends of the Rouge The Rouge Education Project Dearborn, MI $75,000
Inland Seas Education Association Great Lakes Watershed Field Course Suttons Bay, MI $72,939
Michigan Technological University Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative Houghton, MI $74,967
Paul Smiths College of Arts and Sciences Lake Ontario Headwaters Watershed Education Program Paul Smiths, NY $50,000
Regional Science Consortium at Presque Isle Center Using the PASST to Weather the Future Erie, PA $75,000
Riveredge Nature Center Testing the Waters Saukville, WI $75,000
University of Toledo Engaging Students and Teachers Through GLOBE: Authentic Watershed Studies in the Maumee and Lake Erie Watersheds Toledo, OH $65,897
University of Wisconsin (Superior) Rivers2Lake - A Superior Focus Superior, WI $73,032
Wisconsin Maritime Museum All Wet: Inclusive Watershed Education for Learners of All Abilities Manitowoc, WI $72,858

Gulf of Mexico

Recipient Project State Amount
Artist Boat Turn the T.I.D.E. Galveston, TX $99,938
Auburn University Exploring and Mitigating Pathogen Pollution in Our Waters Auburn, AL $99,999
Galveston Bay Foundation Bay Biodiversity Houston, TX $97,810
Infinity Science Center Watershed Education & Environmental Impact Program Pearlington, MS $82,380
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Project Baton Rouge, LA $84,627
Santa Rosa County School District Empowering Students to Take Action: Aquatic Care Team Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Navarre Beach, FL $94,661


Recipient Project State Amount
Alakaina Foundation Molokai Digital Bus KILO Project (Keiki Investigate Learn & Observe) Ola Honua Honolulu, HI $77,318
BSCS Science Learning Connecting Our Youth to Aina Through Investigations of Place Mililani, HI $149,687
Kohala Center Ke Kumu Aina: Cultivating HA through Forest-to-Reef Education and Stewardship Kamuela, HI $150,000
Malama Learning Center Affirming Aina and Place Based Education Through Connectivity and Collaboration Kapolei, HI $149,500
Malama Pupukea-Waimea Ocean Education & Service Learning at Pupukea MLCD Oahu Haleiwa, HI $29,158
Manoa Heritage Center Connecting K-12 Schools and Community Organizations to Create Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) Learning Journeys Honolulu, HI $150,000
University of Hawaii Systems Building a Learning Community in the Heeia Ahupuaa Honolulu, HI $117,401
University of Hawaii Systems Na Kilo Aina: Observers of Our Sustenance Honolulu, HI $148,960

New England

Recipient Project State Amount
Buzzards Bay Coalition Discover Buzzards Bay: Providing Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences for New Bedford Youth New Bedford, MA $159,497
Project Oceanology Rising Waters: the Thames River Resilience Project Groton, CT $237,079
Save the Bay Salt Marsh Nursery Program: How Do You Enhance Coastal Resiliency in Narragansett Bay? Providence, RI $173,553
SoundWaters One Million Bottle Caps! Meaningful Environmental Education and Stewardship for Middle School Students and Teachers Stamford, CT $220,190
University System of New Hampshire New Hampshire American Eel Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences Program Concord, NH $96,823
Western Connecticut State University Finding Our Way: Building a College Ready STEM Pipeline for At-Risk High School Youth Through Watershed Stewardship Danbury, CT $223,936

Pacific Northwest

Recipient Project State Amount
Feiro Marine Life Center North Olympic Watershed Science Program (NOW Science): Salmon Impacts Port Angeles, WA $59,261
Lummi Indian Business Council Lummi Nation Youth: Importance of Water Quality and Healthy Watersheds to the Lummi Schelangen (“Way of Life”) Bellingham, WA $59,948
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Watershed & Ocean Connections White Salmon, WA $59,971
Nisqually River Foundation Climate Literacy, Action, and Monitoring in South Sound 2020 Olympia, WA $57,361
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association Students for Salmon (SFS) Program Bellingham, WA $59,858
Oregon State University MWEEs by the Sea III: Diving Deeper Corvallis, OR $60,000
Port Townsend School District Building Awareness and Understanding of Ocean Acidification in a Coastal Community Port Townsend, WA $59,681
University of Washington Bonds Across the Water: Exchanging knowledge and actions across boundaries to address ocean acidification Seattle, WA $59,955

Funding amounts listed above are full federal award amounts for all years of the award. In addition to the awards listed above, NOAA supported 115 continuing awards. For more details about B-WET awards, please visit the regional program websites.