Article 2.8. California Public Beach Restoration Act of California Harbors And Navigation Code >> Division 1. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 2.8.
This chapter shall be known, and may be cited, as the
California Public Beach Restoration Act.
(a) The California Public Beach Restoration Program is hereby
established, to be administered by the department for all of the
(1) The restoration, enhancement, and nourishment of public
beaches, as determined to be necessary by the department, through the
cost-effective engineered placement of sand on the beach or in the
(2) The planning, design, and permitting of the beach restoration,
nourishment, or enhancement projects specified in paragraph (1),
which shall not exceed 15 percent of the total project cost.
(3) The preparation of studies to inventory, characterize, and
assess the physical and biological resources of the ocean, and
nearshore, shoreline, and inland areas that are determined by the
department to be necessary to construct the projects specified in
paragraph (1) that are environmentally and economically sound. The
cost of the studies shall not exceed 5 percent of the annual program
(4) The funding of 100 percent of the nonfederal project
construction cost for restoration, nourishment, or enhancement of
coastal state parks and state beaches with placement of sand on the
beach or in the nearshore.
(5) The funding of 85 percent of the nonfederal project cost for
restoration, nourishment, or enhancement of nonstate public beaches
with placement of sand on the beach or in the nearshore, with a 15
percent match from the local sponsors, provided as funds or in-kind
(6) The active pursuit and promotion of federal and local
partnerships to cost-share beach restoration, nourishment, or
enhancement projects specified in paragraph (1) that have significant
(b) Prior to funding any project under this section, the
department shall develop guidelines that include application
requirements and criteria for evaluating a project. The guidelines
shall be consistent with the Resources Agency's policies for
shoreline erosion protection. Only beaches that are in public
ownership and that are open and accessible to the public are eligible
for funding under this section.
(a) The Public Beach Restoration Fund is hereby created in
the State Treasury. The moneys in the fund shall be available for
expenditure by the department only for the purposes of the California
Public Beach Restoration Program established pursuant to this
(b) Of the moneys in the fund, 60 percent shall be available for
allocation by the department to projects south of the point at which
the Pacific Ocean meets the border between the County of San Luis
Obispo and the County of Monterey and 40 percent shall be available
for allocation to projects located north of that point.