This bill would establish the Coastal Adaptation, Access, and Resilience Program to help the state prepare, plan, and implement actions to address and adapt to sea level rise and coastal climate change. AB 552 would authorize the California Coastal Commission and specified state agencies to expend moneys in the fund based upon the best scientific information that are designed to address and adapt to sea level rise and coastal climate change.
One third of California’s over 800 miles of coastline are state parks and are beloved by residents and out-of-state tourists alike. The need to protect these places is clear, especially when addressing climinate change. The impacts of climate change are immense, ranging from increaseing temperatures, wildfires are increasingly more common and destructive, worsening drought conditions, and poor air quality. Now is the time to make investments in our coastal areas to ensure the challenges of climate change can be addressed to ensure that California’s environment is preserved for future generations.