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AI-3452 4.C.3.       
Meeting Date: 06/27/2012  
Accept 2007 CIAP Hazel Bazemore Park Grant Award
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

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RECOMMENDATION
Discuss and consider acceptance of a Notice of Financial Assistance Award from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Hazel Bazemore Park Improvement Project, part of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) grant program.
BACKGROUND
The Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) is intended to assist coastal states and coastal political subdivisions within those states that have either supported or been impacted in some measure, directly or indirectly, from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas exploration and development activities. CIAP is funded with federal royalties generated from offshore oil and gas leases. The CIAP program was authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Two hundred and fifty million dollars will be divided annually from fiscal years 2007 through 2010 among the coastal states of Alabama, Alaska, California, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
DISCUSSION
The goal of the Hazel Bazemore Park Improvement project was to construct a bird watch covered platform, which can support the intense visitation to the park minimizing environmental impacts to the birding areas and to the infrastructure. By improving the management of the visitation, the county will be able to protect the natural resources in the park. Specific activities include developing the design and specifications to build a bird watch covered platform, building a wooden bird watch covered platform, and placing interpretive educational signage at the site.

This project has already been completed and these activities will be reimbursed to the County from the CIAP funds, as is allowed by the grantor. The total amount of the grant award is $121,620 and there is no match required. This project was included as part of the 2007 CIAP grant allocation projects.

Budget Information
Information about available funds
Budgeted: Funds Available: Adjustment: Amount Available:
Unbudgeted: Funds NOT Available: Amendment:
Account Code(s) for Available Funds
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Fund Transfers
Attachments
Award Letter Hazel Bazemore Park


    

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