Coastal Impact Assistance Program

The Final California Coastal Impact Assistance Plan is now available for downloading.

Final California Coastal Impact Assistance Plan

Appendix A: Project Lists

Appendix B: Proposed Project Descriptions

Appendix C: Governor’s Letter Designating State Agency

Appendix D: Governor’s Certification of Public Participation

Appendix E: Summary of Public Comments Received on Revised Draft Plan

Any questions regarding the Plan should be directed to:

Chris Potter
California Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 654-0536
Fax: (916) 653-8102


CIAP Background

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (the Act) was signed into law by President Bush on August 8, 2005. Section 384 of the Act establishes the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) which authorizes funds to be distributed to Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas producing states to mitigate the impacts of OCS oil and gas activities.

The United States Department of Interior, Minerals Management Service will implement the program. Under the CIAP, the Secretary of the Interior is authorized to distribute to producing states and coastal political subdivisions $250 million for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2010. These funds will be shared among Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas and will be allocated to each producing state and eligible coastal subdivision based upon allocation formulas prescribed by the Act.

The Act stipulates that a state or coastal political subdivision (CPS) shall use CIAP funds for only one or more of the following authorized uses:

  1. Projects and activities for the conservation, protection, or restoration of coastal areas, including wetlands.
  2. Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, or natural resources.
  3. Planning assistance and the administrative costs of complying with this section.
  4. Implementation of a federally-approved marine, coastal or comprehensive conservation management plan.
  5. Mitigation of the impact of OCS activities through funding or onshore infrastructure projects and public service needs.

California Coastal Impact Assistance Plan

In November 2005 Governor Schwarzenegger designated the Natural Resources Agency as the lead state agency for implementing the CIAP in California. As such, the Natural Resources Agency was obligated to work with state agencies and 17 eligible counties in developing a Coastal Impact Assistance Program Plan (Plan) which describes proposed projects, expenditure of funds, and state administration of the CIAP. A final Plan was submitted to the Minerals Management Service (MMS) on March 25, 2009 for review following a 30-day public comment period on a draft Plan. The MMS approved the final Plan on July 13, 2009. All CIAP funds will be disbursed through a grant process administered by the MMS.

Additional CIAP Resources

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s CIAP Website