Coastal wetlands are valued, in part, because they protect against flooding, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat for wildlife. Coastal environments are also important economically, generating billions of dollars annually through industries such as commercial fishing and tourism. The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant (NCWCG) Program provides States with financial assistance to protect and restore these valuable resources. Projects can include:
- Acquisition of a real property interest (e.g., conservation easement or fee title) in coastal lands or waters;
- Restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems; or
- A combination of acquisition, restoration, and management.
- All projects must ensure long-term (at least 20 years) conservation.