NOAA: $32M Available for Coastal Conservation, Restoration and Resilience
Florida - Saturday August 12, 2023: NOAA has announced the availability of $20 million for coastal management programs. An additional $12 million is also available for estuarine research in support of projects that increase coastal community resilience to extreme weather.
The funding comes from the Inflation Reduction Act. It will help State Coastal Management Programs and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System implement projects, initiatives and programs that increase climate resilience.
“Our ocean, coasts and Great Lakes are critical to our nation’s economy,” said NOAA Deputy Administrator Jainey Bavishi. “This funding helps us take a proactive approach toward keeping coastal areas, communities and economies — which are home to 40% of the U.S. population — resilient in the face of a changing climate.”
Funds may be used for the following activities:
• Implementing state and reserve priority projects and initiatives that increase the resilience of coastal communities and align with the objectives of the Coastal Zone Management Act.
• Implementing priority, high-impact restoration and conservation projects in coastal ecosystems nationwide.
• Increasing staffing capacity needed to support coastal community resilience, nature-based infrastructure and conservation projects, including planning, partnership building and project implementation.
Many of these investments will also complement and leverage other projects designed to build climate-ready coasts using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act funding.
Learn more at: noaa.gov