The general objectives of these programs are to preserve and protect the California shoreline, minimize the economic losses caused by beach erosion and maintain urgently needed recreational beach areas. This can be achieved by:
1. Cosponsoring the construction of beach erosion control projects with local and federal agencies,
2. Improving present knowledge of oceanic forces, beach erosion and shoreline conditions, and
3. Using this knowledge to prevent future erosion.
There is a separate application for each program. Applicants choose which program to apply to based on the type of solution the applicant seeks to implement and the amount of funding the applicant intends to contribute to the project.
The Shoreline Erosion Control Program can assist in the planning and construction of all types of beach erosion control and shoreline stabilization measures, including hard structures like seawalls. This program can fund up to 50 percent of nonfederal project costs.
The Public Beach Restoration Program can assist in the planning and construction of engineered placement of sand on the beach or in the nearshore environment. This program can fund up to 85 percent of nonfederal project costs at nonstate beaches.