The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative has received a $689,500 federal grant to protect the coastline from El Nino storms and flooding.
The collaborative (which includes seven San Diego public agencies along with the University of San Diego, the San Diego Foundation and San Diego Gas & Electric) will use the funds to protect the coastline, its infrastructure and the economy, according its news release.
The two-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will provide resources across all of the coastal cities, with a particular focus on the north-central coast of the county and Imperial Beach, where significant private residential, business, and infrastructure investments are threatened.
The project will provide new data on flood mapping and shoreline bluff surveys, develop additional legal, economic and scientific expertise, and help cities with outreach and communication.
“This comprehensive strategy will result in implementable actions to reduce the San Diego region’s risks and vulnerabilities to coastal flooding, beach erosion and extreme weather events,” Laura Engeman, the USD administrator who manages the Climate Collaborative, said in a statement.
The cities of Carlsbad and Del Mar are matching the grant with a combined $328,000 they received from the State of California to assist them with updating their local coastal plans to account for coastal storm and sea level rise hazards. The San Diego Foundation is also contributing a match of $80,000, bringing the total raised to over $1 million.