CA SB 1066 - Climate Ready California Coastal Conservancy

The California State Coastal Conservancy, established in 1976, is a state agency that uses entrepreneurial techniques to purchase, protect, restore, and enhance coastal resources, and to provide access to the shore- working in partnership with local governments, other public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners.

Approved on September 27, 2012, California Senate Bill 1066 authorizes the Conservancy to address the current and potential impacts of climate change on resources within its jurisdiction, giving priority to projects that maximize public benefits.

Existing law authorizes the Conservancy to, among other things, undertake projects and award grants for the purposes of restoration of areas of the coastal zone that are adversely affecting the coastal environment or are impeding orderly development.

 CCC’s grants program 'Climate Ready,' was enabled by SB 1066, and is designed for immediate coastal climate-change resiliency efforts. Specifically, CCC may award grants for projects that reduce GHG emissions or address extreme weather events, sea level rise, storm surges, beach and bluff erosion, salt water intrusion, flooding and other hazards that threaten ports, harbors and coastal community infrastructure and natural resources.

Within the Climate Ready grants program, any local governments and private organizations with innovative ideas on how to improve California’s coastal areas and mitigate global warming were invited to apply for voter-approved grants of up to $200,000 from a pool of $1.5 million.


The Coastal Conservancy’s non-regulatory, problem-solving approach complements the work of the California Coastal Commission, a distinct agency that regulates land use along the coast and issues development permits. The Coastal Conservancy also coordinates its work with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, an agency created to protect and enhance San Francisco Bay and encourage the responsible use of its resources.

Publication Date: September 27, 2012

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