Coastal Impact Assistance Program - Wetland and Waterway Protection

The Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) was established by Section 384 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to assist producing states and their coastal political subdivisions in mitigating the impacts from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas production. Funding provided through this program must be used to implement projects outlined in the CIAP Plan and meet the following authorized uses, as established by Congress: (1) Projects and activities for the conservation, protection or restoration of coastal areas, including wetlands; (2) Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife or natural resources; (3) Planning assistance and the administrative costs of complying with CIAP; (4) Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal or comprehensive conservation management plan; and (5) Mitigation of the impact of OCS activities through funding of onshore infrastructure projects and public service needs.

Baldwin County was awarded 1.2 million dollars for the paving and stabilization of portions of environmentally sensitive dirt roads. The goal of this initiative is the protection of coastal areas, including wetlands, by reducing the amount of material that leaves the roadbeds.  When the sand and clay material is washed from the roadbed into the wetlands serious environmental impacts can occur. This project will substantially reduce the amount of silt and sediment that is being washed into adjacent waterways and wetlands.