2023 B-WET awards

B-WET fiscal year 2023 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 2023, 187 new and continuing projects benefitted from a total of more than $8 million in funding from the NOAA Office of Education’s B-WET program.

Three kids sit next to a storm drain along a road with a brick building in the background. The storm drain has white paint bordering the drain. The kids have a stencil on top of the white paint, and are painting blue on top of the stencil to create messaging around the storm drain.
Students from Central Manor Elementary School in Pennsylvania paint messaging onto a storm drain as part of Millersville University's B-WET project. (Image credit: Liz Fulton, Millersville University)

B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaiʻi, 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.

2023 B-WET awards, by region, are:


Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Central Coast Salmon Enhancement Central Coast Youth Environmental Stewardship Capacity Building Program Arroyo Grande, CA $203,312
Marin County Office of Education Climate Change Across the Curriculum San Rafael, CA $275,000
One Cool Earth San Luis Obispo County Climate Education Capacity Building San Luis Obispo, CA $181,060
Sequoia Riverlands Trust S.E.E.D Capacity Building for Climate Literacy in Tulare County Visalia, CA $275,245

Learn more about the California B-WET projects.


Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Anacostia Watershed Society Mussel Power Bladensburg, MD $114,546
Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Literacy Capacity Building in the Chesapeake Region: A Regional Outdoor Learning Network Initiative and Equitable Youth Environmental Education program in Partnership with NOAA Annapolis, MD $750,000
Elizabeth River Project Our Elizabeth River, Our Responsibility Norfolk, VA $225,000
Essex County School Board Essex Environmental Literacy Collaborative Tappahannock, VA $117,910
Friends of Rappahannock Northern Neck MWEE Program Fredericksburg, VA $262,924
Otsego County Conservation Association Upper Susquehanna Watershed Project Cooperstown, NY $60,363
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center Oysters as a Keystone Species in the Chesapeake Bay Easton, MD $88,456
University of Maryland Thirteen Moons: Indigenous Knowledge and Culturally Responsive Pedagogies for Conservation, Sustainability, and Stewardship College Park, MD $149,387
Williams Valley School District Williams Valley School District Environmental Literacy & Sustainability Project Tower City, PA $298,411

Learn more about the Chesapeake B-WET projects.

Great Lakes

Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Board of Education of City of Chicago Environmental Literacy for Environmental Justice Chicago, IL $75,000
Central Michigan University Building Flood Resilience by Connecting Students to their Watershed Mount Pleasant, MI $159,400
Eastern Michigan University Coalition Connections: Building Watershed and Climate Literacy Ypsilanti, MI $160,000
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan Creating Meaningful and Cultural Watershed Educational Experiences for the Students of Ojibwe Charter School Sault Ste. Marie, MI $99,578
Lake Superior State University Supporting Data-Centered 3-P Student Learning through Teacher and Student Scaffolded Experiences Using MiWaterNet Stream Monitoring Sault Ste. Marie, MI $86,687
Michigan Technological University Inawendiwin: Connection, Observation, & Learning Together Houghton, MI $99,506
Paul Smiths College of Arts and Sciences Youth for Climate and Water Action: MWEEs for Rural Schools in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Basin Paul Smiths, NY $160,000
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Ninkchiwaawenindimin – "We honor each other" Mount Pleasant, MI $94,982
University of Toledo Engaging K-12 Students in Authentic Watershed Experiences, Science and Stewardship: Reconnecting to the Land at Earth Heart Farms Toledo, OH $146,052
University of Wisconsin System Nibi gaa-gikinoo’amaage, Nibi gaa-bimaaji'iwemagak (Water will Teach, Water Will Give Life) II Madison, WI $73,628
University of Wisconsin System Rivers2Lake: Activating a Community of Lake Superior Educators Madison, WI $153,961

Learn more about the Great Lakes B-WET projects.

Gulf of Mexico

Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Eckerd College Reduce Single-Use: Elementary Kids Turn Off the Tap for Marine Debris St. Petersburg, FL $99,954
Florida Aquarium Molluscs and Microplastics: Examining Plastic Pollution Trends in Tampa Bay Oysters Tampa, FL $99,840
Flour Bluff Independent School District Solution to Pollution Corpus Christi, TX $148,906
Mississippi State University Resilient Rhodes Bayou: Making Connections in Moss Point through Watershed Education Mississippi State, MS $96,037
National Wildlife Federation Bayous to Bays: Teachers & Youth Digging into Watershed Stewardship Austin, TX $100,000
Seacamp Everglades Watershed Education using Index of Biotic Integrity to Evaluate Impacts of Florida Keys Ecosystems Big Pine Key, FL $100,000
University of Florida Exploration of Coastal Shoreline Protection and Habitat Improvement Strategies in a Changing Climate Gainesville, FL $76,600
University of Texas at Austin Mission to the Sea: Making the Connection through Problem-Based Learning Austin, TX $76,787

Learn more about the Gulf of Mexico B-WET projects.


Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Hālau Kū Māna New Century Public Charter School Aloha ʻĀina Education: Mauka to Makai Honolulu, HI $80,000
ISIS HAWAIʻI (dba HI FusionED) Examining Ahupuaʻa Health: The Watershed, Our Oceans, and Aquifers Honolulu, HI $141,966
Ke Kula Nui o Waimānalo KAMA KAI OLA Waimānalo Waimānalo, HI $150,000
Kipahulu ʻOhana Maui Hikina Mālama ʻĀina Science Stewards Hāna, HI $146,361
Learning Endeavors Kōkua Molokaʻi: Expeditions for Youth Kīhei, HI $150,000
Mālama Kai Foundation Ridge to Reef Ahupuaʻa/Watershed Education Program in South Kohala and North Kona, West Hawaiʻi Kamuela, HI $149,787
North Kohala Community Resource Center Kohala Unupaʻa Mauka to Makai Watchers and Caretakers Hāwī, HI $120,956
University of Hawaiʻi (Mānoa) Summer Marine Mammal Intensive Learning Experience (SMMILE) Honolulu, HI $109,200

New England

Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Bridgeport City School District Rooster River Watershed Warriors: Local Watershed Experience and Education for Bridgeport's Youth Bridgeport, CT $73,966
Buzzards Bay Coalition Harvesting Hope in Buzzards Bay: Empowering Wareham Youth through Aquaculture-Focused MWEEs New Bedford, MA $149,134
Hitchcock Center Inspiring Creative Problem-Solving in Our Watershed Amherst, MA $58,510
Maine Audubon Society Penobscot Classrooms: An Integrated Approach to Community Science Falmouth, ME $127,126
Sunrise County Economic Council Reconnecting Downeast Maine's Watersheds and Communities Machias, ME $145,382
University System of New Hampshire New Hampshire Schools Saltmarsh Ecosystem Exploration (NH Schools SEE) Durham, NH $149,514

Learn more about the New England B-WET projects.

Pacific Northwest

Recipient Project LOCATION Amount
Cascade Fisheries North Central Washington MWEEs and Teacher Empowerment Wenatchee, WA $132,463
Lummi Indian Business Council S'NEP: Schtengexwen Native Ecosystems Project Bellingham, WA $97,657
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group Central Washington Watershed Connections White Salmon, WA $149,766
National Wildlife Federation Fish Eggs to Fry: Eco-School USA Salmon Stewards Milwaukie, OR $106,665
Port Townsend School District Climate Resilience Education Project Port Townsend, WA $138,477
Vashon-Maury Island Nature Center Scientists In Schools: Addressing Climate Change through Hands-On Watershed Education Vashon, WA $75,000

Learn more about the Pacific Northwest B-WET projects.

Funding amounts listed above are full federal award amounts for all years of the award. In addition to the awards listed above, NOAA supported 135 continuing awards. For more details about B-WET awards, please visit the regional program websites. Learn more about the impacts of this program.