SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications for shoreline erosion control and public beach restoration projects. The deadline to submit applications for funding in fiscal year 2021/22 is Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.
Shoreline erosion control and public beach restoration grants assist federal, state, regional and local government agencies by providing funding for projects that stop or reverse the impact of erosion on California’s shoreline. Generally, agencies use shoreline erosion control grants to build structures that protect developed shoreline areas against wave erosion, and they use public beach restoration grants to strategically place sand on eroded beaches.
Left: Beach restoration in City of Seal Beach. Right: Construction of erosion control structure in County of Santa Cruz.
While the amount of available funding is not known at this time, in fiscal year 2019/20 the program was able to provide $750,000 in funding for a shoreline erosion control project in Pacifica, and $231,000 for a public beach restoration project in San Clemente.
Grant funding is available through a competitive process. To apply for a grant, an agency must submit a formal application to DBW requesting funding for a specific phase of a project (study, planning, feasibility, design or construction) along with a resolution from its governing body authorizing the application for grant funding. Projects are authorized through the state budget process. Funding for fiscal year 2021/22 is expected to be authorized for individual projects in June 2021.
Sections 65 through 67.4 of the Harbors and Navigation Code (HNC) authorizes DBW to study erosion problems, act as shore protection advisor to all agencies of government and plan, design and construct protective works when funds are provided by the Legislature. In addition, HNC Sections 69.5-69.9 authorize the division to pursue and promote federal and local partnerships to restore, enhance and nourish publicly owned beaches through the cost-effective engineered placement of sand on the beach or in the nearshore environment.
Additional information about the application process is available on DBW’s website at http://dbw.parks.ca.gov/Erosion-RestorationGrants. For questions on the application process, please contact DBW Project Manager Casey Caldwell at (916) 327-1787 or email Casey.Caldwell@parks.ca.gov.