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2013 B-WET Awards

NOAA B-WET Provides $6.7 Million to Support Watershed Education Projects for K-12 Teachers and Students Around the Country in 2013

NOAA funding will bring thousands of K-12 teachers and students around the country outside for hands-on environmental education opportunities in 2013. From investigating the hydrologic cycle in coastal watersheds, to building the capacity of teachers to develop and implement watershed curriculum, eighty one new and continuing projects benefit from a total of over $6.7 million in grant funding from the NOAA Office of Education’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program.

All B-WET projects awarded emphasize meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs)—sustained, hands-on activities that are aligned with academic learning standards and respond to regional education and environmental priorities. In 2013 activities include: examining locally relevant data to learn about climate change with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science; using GIS online tools to teach about the Bayou Vermilion watershed with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; studying salmon and the connections to watersheds, ocean, and climate with the Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group in eastern Washington. Students in Maine will conduct research on snowmelt studying clues about changes in diadromous fish migrations and flood flows, and underrepresented students in California will be exposed to STEM conservation, vocational and career paths as a strategy toward restoring and keeping the wetlands clean, healthy, and productive with Watsonville Wetlands Watch.

"These types of immersive experiences make a long lasting impression on students," said Louisa Koch, director of education at NOAA. "B-WET projects can inspire participants to become responsible stewards of our ocean and fresh water resources, which is a key part of NOAA’s mission."

B-WET also provides funding for formal K-12 educator training programs to help teachers incorporate meaningful watershed educational experiences, as well as NOAA data and other resources, into their classrooms. Teachers and education professionals involved with the B-WET Program are equipped with information they can share with their students and communities for many years to come.

B-WET currently serves seven areas of the country: California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawai’i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Awards in the Great Lakes region are made possible by funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

New 2013 B-WET recipients, by region, are:

Please Note: Funding amounts listed are for the full amount of the award over all fiscal years.

AWARD NAME
LOCATION
AMOUNT
Exploring New Horizons
Santa Cruz, CA
$52,648
Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Freedom, CA
$45,537
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
Pacific Grove, CA
$54,380
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
San Francisco, CA
$50,000
Exploratorium
San Francisco, CA
$50,000
Earth Team
Berkeley, CA
46,756
Cachuma Resource Conservation District
Santa Maria, CA
$60,000
Explore Ecology
Santa Barbara, CA
$59,460
Ocean Futures Society, Inc
Santa Barbara, CA
$50,000
Robert H. Down Elementary School
Pacific Grove, CA
$40,000
University Corp at Monterey Bay-Camp SEA Lab
Pacific Grove, CA
$53,629
Marine Science Institute
Redwood City, CA
$55,000
Earth Island Institute
Oakland, CA
$60,000
Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association
San Francisco, CA
$59,630
Seven Tepees Youth Program
San Francisco, CA
$50,788
The Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
$50,000
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara, CA
$49,560
AWARD NAME
LOCATION
AMOUNT
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit
Milton, PA
$105,000
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Annapolis, MD
$150,000
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Gloucester Point, VA
$137,666
University of Delaware
Newark, DE
$75,000
Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education
Jessup, MD
$285,000
Montgomery County Public Schools
Rockville, MD
$191,052
Morgan State University
Baltimore, MD
$224,321
Ocean Discovery Institute
San Diego, CA
$375,000
Saint Francis University
Loretto, PA
$231,230
Virginia Dept of Environmental Quality
Richmond, VA
$224,907
Virginia Resource Use Education Council
Richmond, VA
$386,200
Worcester County Public Schools
Newark, MD
$285,000
AWARD NAME
LOCATION
AMOUNT
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Milwaukee, WI
$48,000
Great Lakes Museum of Science
Cleveland, OH
$25,000
United Way of Buffalo and Erie County
Buffalo, NY
$45,000
Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan
Alpena, MI
$70,000
Lake Superior Estuarine Research Reserve at UW-Superior
Superior, WI
$70,000
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI
$70,000
AWARD NAME
LOCATION
AMOUNT
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL
$72,724
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Lafayette, LA
$99,121
Citrus County School Board
Crystal River, FL
$99,529
University of Houston System
Houston, TX
$99,877
Ben Franklin High School
New Orleans, LA
$98,560
AWARD NAME
LOCATION
AMOUNT
Alaka`ina Foundation
Honolulu, HI
$94,900
Pa'a Pono Miloli'i
Miloli'i, HI
$92,000
Malama Learning Center
Kapolei, HI
$72,720
Malama Kai Foundation
Kamuela, HI
$95,000
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI
$97,856
Koolauloa Community Health and Wellness Center
Hauula, HI
$94,000
Hawaiian Educational Council
Honolulu, HI
$93,533
Hawaii Nature Center, Inc.
Honolulu, HI
$88,132
Puuhonua Care Facilities of Maui
Makawao, HI
$75,174
Kako'o 'Oiwi
Kaneohe, HI
$83,365
Coral Reef Alliance
San Francisco, CA
$42,938
Pacific American Foundation
Kailua, HI
$31,706
AWARD NAME
LOCATION
AMOUNT
Salem Sound 2000 Inc.
Salem, MA
$102,149
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Vergennes, VT
$42,433
Save the Bay Inc.
Newport, RI
$215,400
Gloucester Maritime Heritage
Gloucester, MA
$240,000
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
$186,467
Education Connection
Litchfield, CT
$240,000
University of Maine System
Bangor, ME
$237,129
Sturgis Charter Public School
Hyannis, MA
$54,856
AWARD NAME
LOCATION
AMOUNT
Oregon Department of State Lands - South Slough Reserve
Charleston, OR
$60,000
Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group
White Salmon, WA
$35,456
Feiro Marine Life Center
Angeles, WA
$60,000
Pacific Education Institute
Olympia, WA
$59,995
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association
Bellingham, WA
$60,000
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
$59,996
Salish Sea Expeditions
Bainbridge Island, WA
$35,003
Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
Portland, OR
$59,967

FY13 Continuing Awards:

In addition to the new awards listed above, B-WET continues to support the following awards made in previous years:

CHESAPEAKE

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum, MD
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation, VA
  • Elizabeth River Project, VA
  • Boxerwood Education Association, VA
  • Living Classrooms Foundation, MD
  • Alice Ferguson Foundation, MD
  • Cecil County Public Schools, MD
  • District of Columbia Environmental Education Consortium, DC
  • National Council Science and the Environment, DC
  • Hartwick College, NY
  • The Mountain Institute, WV
  • National Wildlife Federation, DE


  • NEW ENGLAND

  • Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Inc., MA
  • For more details about B-WET awards, please visit: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/bwet.html or the regional program websites.

    These B-WET grants will reach an estimated 76,000 students and 1,900 teachers this year. New awards are from one to three years in duration and range in value from $20,000 to $200,000. 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.

    Congress established NOAA’s B-WET Program in 2002. Since that time NOAA has awarded over $50 million to support more than 500 projects around the country. For more information on NOAA’s Office of Education funding opportunities, visit: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/funding.html