Five ways to spend CIAP money

June 22, 2013 

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

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