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CA - California Ocean Protection Council Approves $8 Million in Grants to Improve Resilience to Sea-Level Rise Along the Coast

SACRAMENTO – The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) this week approved 15 grants totaling more than $8 million in Proposition 68 funds for projects that will build coastal resilience in the face of sea-level rise.

These projects, which include planning, research and construction, will help safeguard public health and safety, preserve biodiversity and cultural resources, and protect public access to and along the coast.  They will also provide benefits to communities entitled to environmental justice, with 50 percent of the grant funding invested in projects within or near disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities.

“These investments will advance California’s ambitious goals to prepare for sea-level rise impacts and build coastal resilience,” said California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot. “The projects take a variety of approaches with built-in milestones to assess effectiveness and lessons learned while also targeting our most underserved communities.”

These projects span the length of the California coast and will increase local and regional resilience throughout the state. They will advance priorities in the Strategic Plan to Protect California’s Coast and Ocean to address sea-level rise, coastal flooding and erosion through habitat restoration, nature-based infrastructure, and the beneficial reuse of sediment.

The full list of funded projects, along with brief project descriptions, can be found here.  Key highlights include:

  • Heron’s Head Park Shoreline Resiliency Project, Port of San Francisco: This project will construct a nature-based shoreline to protect and restore wetland habitat in Heron’s Head Park, located in the severely disadvantaged Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco. It will also employ youth from the surrounding communities to restore tidal salt marsh plant habitat and provide improved open space along San Francisco Bay.

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