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B-WET is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment. The primary delivery of B-WET is through competitive funding that promotes Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs). B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.

The B-WET program aims to promote environmental literacy in society, supporting individuals to understand, protect and restore watersheds and related ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. NOAA recognizes that knowledge and commitment built from firsthand experience, especially in the context of one's community and culture, is essential for achieving environmental stewardship. Carefully selected experiences driven by rigorous academic learning standards, engendering discovery and wonder, and nurturing a sense of community will further connect students with their watershed, help reinforce an ethic of responsible citizenship, and promote academic achievement. B-WET maintains relevance by responding to regional education and environmental priorities through local implementation. Please refer to the regional funding opportunity announcements for specific priorities.

Download A Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (.pdf)

This site is no longer being updated. Please visit the new Office of Education web site B-WET funding opportunities page for current competitions.

For questions about the B-WET program contact the B-WET National Coordinator: Bronwen Rice, NOAA Office of Education, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Room 6863, Washington, D.C. 20230; 202-482-6797; E-mail: Bronwen Rice.


B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Since 2002 NOAA has awarded over $69 million to support more than 650 B-WET projects. With FY15 funding B-WET will reach an estimated 66,000 students and 2,000 teachers through competitive funding for 84 new and ongoing projects.

Funding Competition History

2015 B-WET Awards

2014 B-WET Awards

2013 B-WET Awards

2012 B-WET Awards

Previously Funded Projects

Interested in learning about past B-WET projects? Please see the regional pages below or contact your regional program manager:

Grantee Resources

Please visit the NOAA B-WET Evaluation page for resources related to program evaluation.

Progress Reports
Please see the NOAA B-WET Progress Report Guidance (DOC) for a suggested format for project progress reports.

Preparing a Grant Application

The resources below will help you prepare to submit an application for B-WET grant funding. Please note that some regions offer grantwriting workshops for prospective applicants. Please see regional websites or contact the Program Manager for your region for more information.

B-WET Budget Template (153KB excel)

B-WET applicants are encouraged to partner with local NOAA entities. To locate potential NOAA partners in your area, visit NOAA in your State or the NOAA Assets page.



Areas Served: Funds are available for eligible applicants throughout the watersheds of a. Monterey Bay (counties of San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito, and San Luis Obispo); b. San Francisco Bay (counties of Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma), and c. Santa Barbara (counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura).

Contact: Seaberry Nachbar, NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries,
California One-Pager (pdf)

Great Lakes

Areas Served: States of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Contact: Cathy Green, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary,
989-356-8805 x 10,
Great Lakes One-Pager (pdf)


Areas Served: State of Hawai'i

Contact: Stephanie Bennett, Pacific Services Center,
Hawai'i One-Pager (pdf)

Pacific Northwest

Areas Served: States of Oregon and Washington

Contact: Jacqueline Laverdure, NOAA Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, 360-457-6622 x 21,
Pacific Northwest One-Pager (pdf)


Areas Served: Chesapeake Bay watershed, including Maryland, the District of Columbia, and parts of Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York

Contact: Kevin Schabow, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office,
Chesapeake One-Pager (pdf)

Gulf of Mexico

Areas Served: States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Gulf coast of Florida

Contact: Amy Clark, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office,
Gulf of Mexico One-Pager (pdf)

New England

Areas Served: States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island

Contact: Colleen Coogan, NOAA Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office,
New England One-Pager (pdf)