The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program (GGRP) restores wetland ecosystems to provide essential services to California's people, wildlife, and fish. Wetlands have high carbon sequestration rates that can sequester carbon for decades. There is tremendous opportunity to restore large areas of mountain meadow, coastal, and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta wetlands that do not currently provide the full potential of carbon storage or other benefits due to historical land use.
The GGRP is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment - particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefiting residents of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and low-income households across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website.
GGRP Work, by the Numbers
in Costal Wetlands, Mountain Meadows, and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
$13M in Disadvantaged Communities
2,500 Acres Restored or Enhanced Equivalent to 1,900 football fields
570,000 Metric Tons Estimated
Equal to 121,000 Cars Removed from Road
GGRP Success Stories
If no action is taken, much of Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge will be lost to sea-level rise within a few decades. This project provides measures to counter sea-level rise threats and will demonstrate the associated carbon storage benefits.
Mountain meadows throughout California have been disconnected from their carbon storing floodplains. This project hopes to illustrate how beaver dams can improve the carbon storage processes in degraded mountain meadows by re-connecting streams to floodplains which act like sponges, soaking up CO2.
Sherman Island is currently 10-25 feet below sea-level due to historical loss of carbon rich peat soils. This restoration project reverses this carbon loss by creating wetlands that can revitalize the enormous carbon storage potential of this Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta island.