National Aquarium Wins Bay Watershed Grant

The McAllister & Quinn nonprofit team recently assisted the National Aquarium in obtaining the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant. The Aquarium plans to use the $130,000 award, in partnership with several local organizations including the Baltimore County Public School (BCPS) system, to support curriculum development and pilot interactive, meaningful watershed education programs in 10 Baltimore City middle schools.  The Aquarium and its partners will then move toward a full-scale implementation of the project across an entire middle school grade and reach an estimated 5,600 students across BCPS—representing one of the largest projects in the B-WET program.  Funding from this grant will also support the development of the National Aquarium’s Model Urban Waterfront plan which will transform Piers 3 and 4 of the Aquarium’s campus into a publicly-accessible Inner Harbor ecosystem which will demonstrate a “perched” wetland complex, clean water technology, and biohut habitat structures that will support aquatic life for scientific study.