California AB-65 Coastal protection: climate adaption: project prioritization: natural infrastructure: local general plans
California AB-65 requires the State Coastal Conservancy to prioritize funding coastal projects that use natural infrastructure in in support of coastal climate change adaptation. It authorizes the Conservancy also to provide technical assistance to coastal communities to better assist them with their projects that use natural infrastructure. AB-65 applies to the distribution of the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018, or Proposition 68 funding.
The legislation requires the Conservancy to provide information to the Office of Planning and Research (OPR) on any projects funded to be considered for inclusion into the state adaptation Clearinghouse for climate adaptation information.
Existing law authorizes the State Coastal Conservancy to address the current and projected impacts of climate change on resources within its jurisdiction; award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for projects that address these impacts; and to prioritize projects that reduce coastal hazards, preserve and enhance coastal wetlands and natural lands, conserve biodiversity, and provide recreational opportunities.
California Proposition 68 authorizes the issuance of $40 million of the bond funds for projects that assist coastal communities with climate change adaptation - including projects that address ocean acidification, sea level rise, habitat restoration and protection, the fisheries industries, and more.
Publication Date: September 27, 2019
- State of California