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Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program


Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program
FY 2014-2015 Grant Awards

CDFW is pleased to announce the award of $21 million in funding to restore or enhance approximately 2,500 acres of wetlands and mountain meadows for the purpose of greenhouse gas reduction:

  • North Campus Open Space Wetlands Restoration ($999,989 to Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Blue Carbon at Elkhorn Slough: Increasing Regional Carbon Sequestration Through Salt Marsh Restoration ($2,996,768 to Elkhorn Slough Foundation)
  • Initiation of Thin-layered Sediment Augmentation on the Pacific Coast: An Action to Ensure the Long Term Availability of Coastal Salt Marsh for Carbon Sequestration/Storage, as well as to Support the Conservation of Habitat to Support Listed and Sensitive Wetland Species ($1,055,827 to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex)
  • Sherman Island Wetland Restoration Project ($10,386,139 to Reclamation District 341)
  • Restoration of the Carbon Storing Ecosystem in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park, CA ($587,996 to Yosemite National Park)
  • A Demonstration of the Carbon Sequestration and Biodiversity Benefits of Beaver and Beaver Dam Analogue Restoration Techniques ($539,672 to Regents of the University of California, Davis)
  • Yuba Headwaters Meadow Restoration ($567,480 to South Yuba River Citizens League)
  • Developing a Protocol for Net Carbon Sequestration from Restoration of Eastern Sierra Meadows ($921,766 to California Trout, Inc.)
  • Mountain Meadows Restoration Project at Greenville Creek and Upper Goodrich and Effects on Greenhouse Gases ($679,566 to Plumas Corporation)
  • Middle Martis Creek Wetlands Restoration ($594,176 to Truckee River Watershed Council)
  • Truckee Meadows Restoration Project ($1,495,551 to Truckee River Watershed Council)
  • Bean Meadow Restoration Project ($493,543 to Sierra Foothill Conservancy)

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Program Summary

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.

Fund Source

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). See link opens in new windowmore 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.

link opens in new windowFY 2014-2015 Proposal Solicitation (PDF)

Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814

ducks in the Sacramento River Delta
CDFW photo by Dave Feliz


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