Erika Feller and Dr. Laura Petes talk about the National Coastal Resilience Fund | Coastal Conundrum

April 13, 2021

Coastal Resilience Grants are available now! Time to act.

Creating or restoring natural infrastructure can enhance coastal resilience for communities and ecosystems.    One of the key sources of funding for this work is the National Coastal Resilience Fund grants program, which is jointly administered by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  Since 2018, the NCRF has awarded $90 million to enhance, build, or restore almost 17,800 acres of coastal habitat that have provided enhanced protection to 100,400 properties and 2,500 critical facilities. And right now they have a new 2021 Request for Proposals on the street.  On this broadcast we’ll speak with Erika Feller, the Director for Coastal and Marine Conservation for NFWF and Dr. Laura Petes, the Manager of the Communities Program in NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, two of the principals of the program, about the program and the current RFP, how the grant program is evolving, some successes and more.

For more information here are links to the National Coastal Resilience Fund Program , the 2021 NCRF Request for Proposals,  the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and  the Digital Coast.

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Bill O'Beirne

Bill O'Beirne is the principal at O'Beirne & Associates LLC where he is providing guidance on coastal zone planning, management and governance as well as advice and guidance on coastal resilience. Bill has been involved in coastal planning and management for over thirty years, working at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Institute for Environmental Negotiation. He has worked with local, state, and territorial Coastal Zone Management and Estuarine Reserve Programs in almost every region in the US. That work included programmatic, governance and topical issues ranging from enhancing public access, watershed management, to planning for resilience. He has a masters of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia.