The House Natural Resources Committee approved a bill formally authorizing two environmental education programs administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The legislation, H.R. 3644, would expand funding for the Bay-Watershed Education and Training Regional Program (B-WET) and the Environmental Literacy Grant Program. Both initiatives provide grants for education initiatives seeking to connect youth with ocean and coastal ecology. The committee approved an amendment highlighting the value of wildlife-dependent recreation, including recreational fishing, in environmental education programs.