NOAA Looking for coastal lands to purchase through Land Acquisition Grants

The CELCP helps advance the national goals and priorities of the Coastal Zone Management Administration, including:

  • Protection of coastal ecosystems, including wetlands, corals, and natural shorelines;
  • Preservation of natural features that provide storm protection such as dunes and barrier islands;
  • Minimizing loss of life and property by directing development out of high risk areas;
  • Safeguarding coastal water quality;
  • Preservation of historic, cultural, and archaeological features;
  • Protection of aesthetic coastal features such as scenic vistas; and
  • Providing opportunities for public access to the coast.

A couple of highlights:

  • A total of about $3 million is anticipated nationwide.  Individual applications are expected to be between $100,000 and $1 million.
  • Ecology can “sponsor” two applications.
  • There is a 50% match requirement.
  • The grants start date is expected to be July 1-Oct 1 2014, and projects are expected to be able to complete in 18 months (although extension is possible under certain conditions).
  • Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2013.
  • Eligible entities are local governments, tribes, DNR, DFW, State Parks and Padilla Bay.

That is a very brief synopsis of the extensive announcement.  Anyone interested please contact Chris Hempleman, WA Dept. of Ecology at 360-407-0239. Visit NOAA’s website for additional information.