2021 B-WET awards

B-WET fiscal year 2021 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 2021, 182 new and continuing projects benefitted from a total of over $7 million in funding from the NOAA Office of Education’s B-WET program.

Two people stand along a stream. One is holding a data sheet and a tube of liquid held up next to the sheet to compare colors. The second person is filming the other with a tablet. Both wear protective masks and gloves.
Environmental Science Center’s naturalists work virtually with students to conduct water quality testing on the Duwamish River in Seattle, WA. Students used the chat feature of Zoom to share their analyses of the tests. (Karli Rose, Environmental Science Center)

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.

2021 B-WET awards, by region, are:


Recipient Project State Amount
Coastal Watershed Council Watershed Rangers COVID-19 Response Santa Cruz, CA $61,591
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District Students Understanding Peoples, Environments, and Resources Rohnert Park, CA $298,275
Earth Team Aqua Team - Sustainable Youth Watershed Internships Richmond, CA $47,159
Explore Ecology Flows to the Ocean Project Santa Barbara, CA $52,500
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Project WISE San Francisco, CA $38,380
Greater Farallones Association Engaging Coastal Communities in Kelp Forest Recovery San Francisco, CA $38,787
Oxnard School District The Islands Around Us Oxnard, CA $72,455
Napa County Resource Conservation District LandSmart Youth Stewards: Salmon to Sanctuary Napa, CA $60,000
Save the Whales From Soledad to the Ocean: Teaching Coastal Stewardship to South County Title 1 School Children Seaside, CA $49,853
Strategic Energy Innovations Discovering Watersheds through Experiential Learning San Rafael, CA $60,000
Ventana Wildlife Society MBNMS Watershed Exploration Program for Teens Salinas, CA $60,000
Ventura Unified School District Ventura River Action Network Ventura, CA $299,842
Watsonville Wetlands Watch Building Capacity in Environmental Literacy in the Pajaro Valley Watsonville, CA $60,000

Chesapeake Bay

Recipient Project State Amount
Chesapeake Audubon Society Chesapeake Linked: People, Skies, Water, & Place Easton, MD $221,612
City of Richmond (James River Park System) The Richmond Environment Richmond, VA $149,437
Friends of Rappahannock Upper Rappahannock MWEE Program Fredericksburg, VA $409,271
Howard County Conservancy Climate kNOWledge: Student Research & Action to Reduce the Impacts of the Climate Emergency Woodstock, MD $387,332
James River Association It's All Connected: Together Three School Districts Investigate the James River Richmond, VA $450,000
Lancaster Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Expanding Capacity for Environmental Literacy at IU13 Lancaster, PA $346,024
Let's Go 1-2-3 Steps and Community Partnerships to Expand MWEE Education for Sixth Graders and the City of Lancaster Philadelphia, PA $90,000
Living Classrooms - National Capital Region Anacostia Watershed High School MWEE Washington, DC $449,485
The Mariners' Museum The Mariners' Environmental Co-op Newport News, VA $423,053
Millersville University Shared Waters: An Upstream- Downstream Collaborative Millersville, PA $396,318
Prince William County Public Schools A Community-Connected and Curriculum-Embedded Environmental Literacy Program Manassas, VA $369,378
University of Delaware Building District Capacity for Environmental Literacy and MWEEs in Delaware Newark, DE $259,088

Great Lakes

Recipient Project State Amount
Eastern Michigan University Stormwater Stewards: Creating Resilient Teacher Learning Communities to Support Youth-Led Action Ypsilanti, MI $80,000
Genesee County Soil and Water Conservation District Great Lakes Water Sources: A Multifaceted MWEE for Genesee County Students Batavia, NY $77,667
Grand Valley Metropolitan Council Blue Crew: Student Stewards of the Lower Grand River Watershed Grand Rapids, MI $79,533
Lake Superior State University Increasing Freshwater & Data Literacy Among High School Students Through Real-Time Stream Monitoring with MiWaterNet Sault Ste. Marie, MI $79,619
Michigan Technological University Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative: Expanding MWEEs for Rural Schools Houghton, MI $79,995
Regional Science Consortium at Presque Isle Center The Great Lakes WISE Program: Developing Environmental Leaders through "Watershed Immersive Stewardship Experiences" Erie, PA $80,000
St. John Fisher College Our Lakes, Streams, and Rivers: Online and Field-based Hybrid Teacher Training Rochester, NY $80,000
University of Toledo Maumee River Floating Laboratory on Watershed Science Toledo, OH $79,883
University of Wisconsin-Madison Coastal Engineering Education: People, Place, and Practice Madison, WI $80,000
University of Wisconsin-Madison Nibi gaa-gikinoo'amaage, Nibi gaa-bimaaji'iwemagak (Water will Teach, Water Will Give Life) Madison, WI $79,780
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation For the Birds — and People Too: Understanding Interdependence of Living Things in the Lake Michigan Watershed Poynette, WI $80,000

Gulf of Mexico

Recipient Project State Amount
Florida Gulf Coast University Sustainable WATERS (Watershed Education for Resilience in Southwest Florida) Fort Myers, FL $149,886
Galveston Bay Foundation NOAA V-WET: Virtual Watershed Education and Training Kemah, TX $99,481
Louisiana State University Layers of Louisiana Natural History: Environmental Collections Detail Coastal Change Baton Rouge, LA $99,420
St. Petersburg Innovation District Elementary Scholars and Teachers Exploring the Watershed 2.0 St. Petersburg, FL $95,075
University of New Orleans Youth Watershed Action Project for a Resilient New Orleans New Orleans, LA $99,707


Recipient Project State Amount
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii Aloha Aina Program for the Waianae Coast Honolulu, HI $150,000
Hui o Hoohonua Discovery and Stewardship in the Honouliuli Watershed Ewa Beach, HI $105,400
Kakoo Oiwi Hooulu Huliamahi Learning Community in the Heeia Ahupuaa Kaneohe, HI $149,075
Learning Endeavors Champions of Coastal Resilience:  A Coastal Field Ecology Program for High Schools Wailuku, HI $62,000
Malama Honua Public Charter School Foundation Kindling Environmental Learning Education in the Waimanalo Watershed Waimanalo, HI $74,000
Malama Kai Foundation Ridge to Reef Ahupuaa: Watershed Education Program in South Kohala Kamuela, HI $149,974
Malama Learning Center Designing a Statewide Aina-Based Education Certification Program for Teachers and Students of Hawaii Nei Honolulu, HI $150,000
Pacific American Foundation NALU Studies Maui Alakai Opio Kaneohe, HI $150,000
Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative Inc. Future Foresters Mauka Makai Stewardship Program Waikoloa, HI $94,496

New England

Recipient Project State Amount
Cohasset Center for Student Coastal Research Moving the MWEE to the Summer Months: Building a Bridge between School and Community to Support Year Round Authentic Watershed Investigations Cohasset, MA $288,176
EdAdvance Blue Science Litchfield, CT $300,000
New England Science & Sailing Foundation Ocean Experiential Learning Program Stonington, CT $225,000
Project Oceanology Outdoor Learning Alliance Groton, CT $296,902

Pacific Northwest

Recipient Project State Amount
Cascade Fisheries Systemic and Inclusive Science Education: North Central Washington MWEEs and Teacher Empowerment Wenatchee, WA $99,485
Discover Your Northwest (Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve) Story of Life as Told by Water Otis, OR $59,559
Lummi Indian Business Council Lummi Nation Youth: Importance of Water Quality and Healthy Watersheds to the Lummi Schelangen (“Way of Life”) Bellingham, WA $62,169
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Central Washington Watershed Connections White Salmon, WA $100,000
Nisqually River Foundation Climate Literacy, Action, and Monitoring in South Sound Olympia, WA $99,793
Vashon-Maury Island Nature Center Hands On Science: Adaptive Teaching Strategies for Watershed Education During COVID Vashon, WA $84,137

Funding amounts listed above are full federal award amounts for all years of the award. In addition to the awards listed above, NOAA supported 122 continuing awards. For more details about B-WET awards, please visit the regional program websites.