Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program Announces New Grants
The Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program announces five new grants made for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The FY12 Gulf B-WET recipient organizations, project leads, and project titles are listed below.
Also, please find a list of all Gulf B-WET projects funded (including recipient organizations, project titles, and project summaries), since the program's inception, at the Gulf B-WET website: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/outreach/B-WETmainpage.htm.
- Recipient: University of South Florida, Title: Tampa Bay Coastal Watershed Inquiries, Stewardship and Education, Project leads: Dr. Teresa Greely and Dr. Angela Lodge
- Recipient: University of Texas - Pan American, Title: Arroyo Colorado Watershed BWET Teacher Professional Development, Project leads: Dr. Miguel Nevarez and Ludy Rodriguez
- Recipient: Audubon Nature Institute,Title: Audubon Youth Volunteer Watershed Experience Project, Project leads: Tricia LeBlanc, Brenda Walkenhorst, and Ransdell Prieur
- Recipient: University of Texas at Austin, Title: Elementary Explorers in the Watershed, Project leads: Sara Pelleteri
- Recipient: Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Title: Learning in Florida's Environment (LIFE): Gulf to Bay Watershed Project, Project leads: Greg Ira
The Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program (Gulf B-WET)
Begun in 2008, the Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training (Gulf B-WET) Program is an environmental education program that supports experiential learning through local competitive grants. The Gulf B-WET flier provides a summary of the Gulf B-WET program.
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. Experiences that are driven by rigorous academic learning standards, engender discovery and wonder, and nurture a sense of community will connect students with their watershed. These experiences will also reinforce an ethic of responsible citizenship and promote academic achievement.
The cornerstone of B-WET is the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE). A MWEE is and educational experience that:
Additionally, Gulf of Mexico B-WET projects support the priority issues of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, a partnership of the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with the goal of significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. The Alliance has identified the following regionally significant priority issues :
- is investigative or project oriented
- is an integral part of the instructional program
- is part of a sustained activity
- considers the watershed as a system
- is enhanced by NOAA products, services, or personnel, where appropriate
The Gulf B-WET Program is one of seven B-WET regional programs across the country including California, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, Great Lakes and the Pacific Northwest. These seven programs make up the National NOAA B-WET Program which responds to regional education and environmental priorities through local implementation.
- Water Quality
- Habitat Conservation and Restoration
- Ecosystem Integration and Assessment
- Nutrients & Nutrient Impacts
- Coastal Community Resilience
- Environmental Education
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