CELCP funding program expands its boundaries

Below, see a note from Jeff Dewey at PA DEP regarding this year’s funding announcement for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. This year’s boundaries have been expanded to include portions of the Chesapeake Bay in Pennsylvania.

For the purposes of the CELCP program, Pennsylvania has included three sub-watersheds: namely, the Lower Susquehanna Watershed (HUC 02050306),
the Chester-Sassafras Watershed (HUC 02060002), and the Gunpowder-Patapsco Watershed (HUC 0206003). Although these watersheds do not drain to Pennsylvania coastal waters, it is a critical area for national coastal conservation, supports Pennsylvania’s participation in the Chesapeake Bay Program, and helps implement the recent Chesapeake Bay Executive Order (E.O. 13508 – Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration).

The PA Coastal Resources Management Program (PA CRMP) has published a funding notice seeking project considerations for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). CELCP funding is provided from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and state project considerations are managed through the PA CRMP. CELCP was authorized “for the purposes of
protecting important coastal and estuarine areas that have significant conservation, recreation, ecological, historical, or aesthetic values, or that are threatened by conversion from their natural, undeveloped, or recreational state to other uses.”

CELCP provides a competitive funding opportunity seeking proposals for land conservation projects up $3,000,000. with a one-to-one non-Federal match requirement. Each coastal state can submit up to three project considerations.

A CRMP has posted the FFY 2011 Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program grant solicitation on its website. The full announcement is available at: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/river/grants/celcp/celcp.htm

The solicitation describes the basic details of the program and other links provide additional federal information, program requirements, the PA CELC plan, application requirements and other key information. Project applications are due to the Coastal Resource Management Program (CRM) by March 8, 2010 in order for PA CRMP to meet NOAA’s filing deadline. PA CRM will submit up to 3 applications to NOAA for competitive funding consideration. Additionally, information regarding CELCP can be found on the Federal website at: http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/land/celcp_fundingop.html

Contact Jeff Dewey at PA DEP at 717-772-5619 or by email if you have any questions regarding this year’s CELCP funding notice.