The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources recently approved legislation expanding key watershed and environmental education programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) introduced the bipartisan legislation in September to improve ocean, coastal, and watershed education and literacy. H.R. 3644, the Ocean, Coastal, and Watershed Education Act
, would authorize a national Environmental Literacy Grant program as well as a regional Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program focused on local watershed education.
"This legislation will provide opportunities for young people to 'Be Out There' experiencing the outdoors learning about their local watersheds, bays, estuaries and coastal areas," said
Kevin Coyle, NWF's Vice President for Education and Training.
Coyle testified in October before the House Committee on Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife. View the complete testimony here