The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminisrtation (NOAA) recently awarded a coastal adaptation grant to the Public Sediment project, a collaborative endeavor led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture that includes AEL directors Adam Marcus, Margaret Ikeda, and Evan Jones. The grant is in partnership with the California State Coastal Conservancy.
The National Coastal Resilience Fund program supports identified priority regions to enhance fish and wildlife habitats and improve the resilience of coastal communities. In total, $28.9 million of funding were distributed across 35 grants. One of the grants was awarded to the California State Coastal Conservancy for “Gravel Beach and Berm Design for Shorebird Habitat, Erosion Control and Flood Protection” in California, known in the Public Sediment project as the Pebble Dune. The funding will support continued design work on the Public Sediment project, developed through the Resilient By Design Competition, and enhance flood protection infrastructure, wetlands restoration, and public access to 1,300 acres of shoreline.
The Public Sediment team is led by SCAPE Landscape Architecture and includes Arcadis, The Dredge Research Collaborative, TS Studio, UC Davis Department of Human Ecology and Design, Cy Keener, and Architectural Ecologies Lab. See this link for more info on the project.