We are thrilled to announce that The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded two coastal adaptation grants to projects SCAPE is advancing, including Public Sediment, with partners at the California State Coastal Conservancy, and McCoys Creek with Groundwork Jacksonville. The program supports identified priority regions to enhance fish and wildlife habitats and improve the resilience of coastal communities. In total, $28.9 million of funding were distributed across 35 grants. One of the grants was awarded to the California State Coastal Conservancy for “Gravel Beach and Berm Design for Shorebird Habitat, Erosion Control and Flood Protection” in California, known in the Public Sediment project as the Pebble Dune. The funding will support continued design work on Public Sediment for Alameda Creek, developed through the Resilient By Design Competition, and enhance flood protection infrastructure, wetlands restoration, and public access to 1,300 acres of shoreline.
Another grant, for the “McCoys Creek Restoration Plan for Improved Wildlife Habitat and Flood Management,” was awarded to Groundwork Jacksonville to support improvements to the waterway’s health and water quality, and also improve flood conditions and habitat restoration. SCAPE and Wood Engineering are working for Groundwork Jacksonville on the McCoy’s Creek Restoration Plan, and this funding will advance continued planning and design for the urban waterbody. The project’s first community event, McCoy’s Creek Fest, is taking place tomorrow in Jacksonville. To read an overview of all of the grants, click here.