Five ways to spend CIAP money
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, funded with revenue from offshore oil leases distributed to oil-producing states. Mississippi's designated grant recipients, the Department of Marine Resources and three Coast counties, must use the money for one of five authorized purposes:
n Projects and activities for the conservation, protection or restoration of coastal areas, including wetlands.
n Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife or natural resources.
n Planning assistance and the administrative costs of complying with CIAP requirements.
n Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal or comprehensive conservation plan.
n Mitigation of the impact of outer continental shelf activities through funding of onshore infrastructure and public service needs.
-- Office ofInspector General