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For Immediate Release: 12/22/2017

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Division of Boating and Waterways Now Accepting Grant Applications for Shoreline Erosion Control and Public Beach Restoration Programs


Casey Caldwell   I   (916) 327-1787

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is accepting grant applications for shoreline erosion control projects and public beach restoration projects. The deadline to submit applications for funding in fiscal year 2019/20 is Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Shoreline erosion control and public beach restoration grants assist 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.

Sections 65 through 67.4 of the Harbors and Navigation Code authorize DBW to do the following: 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, Sections 69.5-69.9 of the Harbors and Navigation Code authorize DBW 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.

These are competitive grant programs. 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. The completed application will:

  • Identify the problem,
  • Describe the proposed solution,
  • Discuss the scope and cost of the proposed solution,
  • List the project’s funding partners,
  • Estimate the consequences if the problem is not addressed, and
  • Summarize the site and project history. 

Federal, state, regional and local government agencies are eligible to apply for these grants. The application and additional information about the application process are available at DBW’s web site.

For more information on these grant programs, please contact DBW Project Manager Casey Caldwell at (916) 327-1787.


Division of Boating and Waterways Mission

DBW is a division within California State Parks. The division provides safe and convenient public access to California’s waterways and leadership in promoting safe, enjoyable and environmentally sound recreational boating.

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