Critical Conservation for Climate Resilience in the Northeast Florida Blueway

Recipient: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Federal Funding: $6,000,000 ($5,373,363 in FY22 funds; $626,637 in FY23 funds)

Summary: This award will fund the acquisition of a portion of the remaining 10,976 acres of the 73,400-acre Northeast Florida Blueway project, which is part of the Florida Forever Program’s Climate Change Lands. Most of the acquisition is within the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve and will protect and maintain the waters and shoreline plant communities of the Tolomato and Matanzas Rivers, which provide critical habitat for 14 federally listed species of plants and animals.

For more information on the Office for Coastal Management grant program funding this project, please visit the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law webpage.