Wetlands Restoration for California Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant Program

Administered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, this grant program offers funds for wetland restoration or enhancement projects that result in a net reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Wetland restoration is both a climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy. Wetlands sequester carbon at high rates, while providing protection from flooding, sea level rise, coastal storm surge, and coastal erosion, as well as offer drought mitigation through groundwater recharge. As of 2020, California has invested $36.85 million in grants to 22 wetland restoration projects through this program, $18 million of which is benefitting frontline communities.  

Planning and implementation projects that either restore or enhance coastal tidal wetlands, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta wetlands, mountain meadows, or seasonal inland wetlands are eligible for funding. Projects must quantifiably reduce GHG emissions and provide co-benefits such as improved groundwater storage, water quality, habitat, climate refugia, for example.  

The Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program is part of California Climate Investments which redistributes Cap-and-Trade dollars in programs that reduce GHG emissions, build community resilience, invest in clean technologies, improve public health and the environment, and strengthen the economy.


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