April 17, 2014
RE: DEP Grant Program Announced - Public Access Plans for Beaches and Other Tidal Waters
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the availability of grants to assist municipalities with developing plans that would improve the public’s enjoyment of New Jersey’s beaches, bays and tidal waterways, and to make public access points and related facilities more storm-resilient.
Grant awards of up to $25,000 total will be given to communities in order to develop Municipal Public Access Plans and to prepare Coastal Vulnerability Assessment reports. Enhancements may include a host of possibilities such as walkways, dune crossovers, fishing piers, boat and kayak launches, parking areas, restroom facilities, signage and informational materials.
This program is funded through $200,000 awarded to the DEP by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“A common misperception about the Public Access Rule is that it applies only to municipalities along the ocean and coastal bays,” said Commissioner Martin. “The fact is that the reach of this program extends inland along tidal rivers to communities such as Linden, which is the first city in New Jersey to submit an access plan for review and approval.”
Project proposals are due no later than 5 p.m. on June 6. Applicants that were awarded grants in the previous funding cycle are eligible for tasks not funded in previous grant awards. For more information and grant application, visit: state.nj.us/dep/cmp/access/mpapgrant.htm.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.