Coastal Conservancy Approves $7.6 million in Grants for Restoration, Protection and Access

Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy approved 20 grants totaling over $7.6 million for restoration, protection and public access projects along the California coast.

“Yet again our Board has shown that public money is a powerful force to catalyze and implement projects that protect habitats, enhance communities’ resilience and create public access to the coast.” said Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the Coastal Conservancy. “The funding approved today flows to projects in nearly every coastal county, and these projects will benefit all Californians as well as visitors.”

Included in the approvals were:

  • Authorization to disburse up to $825,000 to Alameda County Water District to build two fish ladders on lower Alameda Creekthat will enable steelhead trout to migrate to miles of available spawning and rearing habitat in the Alameda Creek Watershed.
  • Authorization to disburse up to $1,087,000 to the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County for the innovative Integrated Watershed Restoration Programto design and permit multiple coastal watershed restoration projects in San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties.
  • Authorization to disburse up to $1,511,462 to The Wildlands Conservancy to implement the Eel River Estuary and Centerville Slough Enhancement Project, which will significantly advance ecosystem restoration and agricultural preservation in the Eel River Delta in Humboldt County.
  • Authorization to disburse up to $381,120 to the Solano Resource Conservation District to enhance wildlife habitat, construct visitor amenities and provide opportunities for students to learn about the local environment at Lake DalwigkDetention Basin in the city of Vallejo, Solano County.
  • Authorization to disburse up to a total $594,435 to the City of Encinitas to fund construction of four acres of beach dunes and a footpath along the dunes, and support a scientific monitoring at Cardiff State Beachin the County of San Diego.

A full list of projects approved today can be found here: http://scc.ca.gov/2018/03/08/coastal-conservancy-public-meeting-in-oakland-march-22/