The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) provides matching funds to state and local governments to purchase threatened coastal and estuarine lands that are important for their ecological, conservation, recreational, historical or aesthetic values.
Through the Coastal Zone Management Act, NOAA is charged with helping states to manage and protect the nation’s coastal resources. These resources include lands that are essential for flood and storm protection, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, recreation, and coastal economies that depend on their natural assets.
Since 2002, CELCP (pronounced "kelp") has protected more than 100,000 acres. Many CELCP projects also protect critical habitat for species under NOAA's jurisdiction under the Coral Reef Conservation Act, Endangered Species Act, and Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act.
The CELCP partnership between NOAA and participating coastal states and territories is voluntary. Participants develop conservation plans that identify conservation priorities. These plans are used to select which projects get national funding. A competitive merit review is used to evaluate and rank projects. NOAA administers the process each year that funding is available.
For more information, please contact Elaine Vaudreuil.