The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Chesapeake Bay Office’s Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET) has announced the availability of $850,000 in funds to implement environmental education projects in two priority areas: a meaningful Chesapeake Bay or stream outdoor experience; and professional development in the area of environmental education for teachers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Funds are available to K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, nonprofits, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments.

The B-WET Program objectives are to improve the understanding and knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay watershed by educating and inspiring students, teachers, and communities throughout the Bay watershed.

The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries should be considered a living resource that provides a genuine, locally relevant source of environmental knowledge that can be used to help advance student learning skills and problem-solving abilities across the entire school curriculum. For information, visit the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office web site or call Seaberry J. Nachbar, education coordin- ator at 410-267-5664 or e-mail or visit: