The Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant Program will fund projects that reduce greenhouse gases and provide co-benefits such as enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, protecting and improving water quality and quantity and helping California adapt to climate change.
Restoring wetlands will:
- Create a larger and more efficient storehouse for atmospheric carbon
- Provide the co-benefits of protecting and improving water quality through filtration and pollution reduction
- Enhance water storage through the replenishment of groundwater aquifers
- Enhance biodiversity by providing essential habitat for many species of fish and wildlife, some of which are endangered or threatened.
Benefits of Wetlands for Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Habitat Recovery
Wetlands have among the most efficient carbon sequestration rates per unit of all habitat types allowing for both effective and extensive carbon sequestration. Healthy coastal, Delta, interior, and mountain wetlands provide important and irreplaceable benefits to the human population and fish and wildlife. However, as a result of land conversions and land use changes, only about 10 percent of the wetlands that existed in California 200 years ago remain today. Increasing the quality and quantity of key wetlands in California will provide measurable benefits consistent with the most recent climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and wildlife and fisheries management and recovery plans.
Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). See more information about California's Cap and Trade Program.
This grant program will focus on the following systems
- Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Coastal Wetlands, to develop and implement projects in the Delta and coastal areas with measurable objectives that will lead to reductions in GHGs.
- Mountain Meadow Ecosystems, to develop and implement mountain meadow projects throughout the State with measurable objectives that will lead to reductions in GHGs.