Nineteen research projects that protect life and property, strengthen the economy, and conserve as well as restore coastal and marine resources were recommended to receive a total of $13.8 million in funding through the 2017 NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants program. The projects cover 17 states and Puerto Rico, and will restore 1,100 acres of habitat and prepare more than 350 coastal communities to withstand extreme weather and related hazards. Every two dollars of federal funds must be matched by a non-federal contribution of at least one dollar by the project organizers, adding another $8.3 million and bringing the total to $22.1 million.
Locally the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development is asking for $285,000 in Federal funding with a match of $142,500. Money from this project, would create new tsunami evacuation maps, improved evacuation procedures, and innovative land use strategies. These will be created for, Newport, Lincoln City, Rockaway Beach, and Gearhart. Local leaders and citizens will work together to investigate community vulnerabilities and identify land use strategies that provide the greatest potential to lessen the loss of life and property from a catastrophic tsunami.
The Department of Land Conservation and Development, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, will lead this effort. NOAA received more than 167 proposals, requesting more than $135 million. State and local government agencies and several non-governmental organizations will use these funds to improve their ability to prepare for and recover from a variety of coastal threats, including hurricanes, tsunamis and sea-level rise.