The Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) was established by The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-58) (779 KB) which was signed into law by President Bush on August 8, 2005. CIAP authorizes funds to be distributed to outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas producing states for the conservation, protection and preservation of coastal areas including wetlands. Mississippi is one of six states eligible to receive CIAP funds, and Hancock, Harrison and Jackson Counties are eligible coastal political subdivisions within Mississippi.
The Secretary of Interior has delegated Federal authority and responsibility for CIAP management to the Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE). In 2005, Governor Haley Barbour assigned the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources as the designated state agency to oversee the program for Mississippi.
On October 1, 2011, the CIAP Program was transferred from BOEMRE to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
The Energy Policy Act states that expenditures of CIAP funds shall be approved for one or more of the following authorized uses:
Not more than 23% of a State or Coastal Political Subdivision's CIAP allocation for any one fiscal year shall be used for authorized use #3 or #5.
To receive CIAP funds, the State and three counties must submit a combined CIAP Plan to the federal oversight agency describing how these funds will be expended. The Final Plan was approved by BOEMRE in February 2009 and the program is underway, now under the auspices of the FWS. All projects are slated to be completed by 2016.
CIAP Presentation for the 2012 Coastal Development Strategies Conference (3.18 MB)