Coastal Management (Support)

Coastal Management (Support)

SB 446 (Mayfield) and HB 325 (LaMarca) revise the criteria the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) must consider in determining and assigning annual funding priorities for beach management and erosion control projects. The bills would revise the ranking criteria to be used by DEP to establish certain inlet-caused beach erosion projects. In addition, the bills would revise requirements for the state’s comprehensive long-term management plan, including requiring the plan to include a strategic beach management plan, a critically eroded beaches report and a statewide long-range budget plan. The bills would further require the DEP to submit a three-year work plan and related forecast for the availability of funding to the legislature. (O’Hara)