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May 17, 2019 - Draft 2019 Solicitation and Guidelines

CDFW has released for public review and comment, the 2019 link opens in new windowDraft Solicitation (PDF) and link opens in new windowGrant Program Guidelines (PDF) for the Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program. Comments may be submitted via email to and must be received by June 18, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

GHG Quantification Methodology and Calculator Tool Comments

The link opens in new windowCalifornia Air Resources Board (CARB) is also currently accepting comments on its Quantification Methodology and Wetlands Program Benefits Calculator Tool must be submitted to CARB via email at The deadline for comments to CARB is also June 18, 2019, by 5:00 PM PDT.

Public Workshops

CDFW will host four workshops to present the Wetlands Program draft Solicitation and Guidelines and accept comments. Stakeholders may attend in person or online. Skype webinar information below. Please RSVP to

  • Sacramento
    Thursday, May 30, 2019
    1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants Branch Office
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    Conference ID: 45916
    3rd floor large conference room
    1700 9th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95811
    Parking: Metered street parking
  • Los Alamitos
    Tuesday, June 4, 2019
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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    CDFW Los Alamitos Office
    4665 Lampson Ave, Suite C
    Los Alamitos, CA 90720
    Please note: Enter building through CDFW Licenses Sales Office in back. All attendees must sign in and present photo identification.
    Free onsite parking
  • Moss Landing
    Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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    Conference ID: 48572
    Moss Landing Marine Laboratories
    8272 Moss Landing Rd.
    Moss Landing CA 95039
    Parking: Free onsite parking
  • Auburn
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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    Conference ID: 51911
    Sierra Nevada Conservancy
    11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205 Kirkwood Room
    Auburn, CA  95603
    Parking: Free onsite parking

April 17, 2019 - 2019 Solicitation Schedule

CDFW is preparing a 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN), which will include a pre-application phase and a full application phase. Complete details and timeline for the 2019 grant cycle can be found in the following Project Area Fact Sheets.

December 21, 2018 - Awards Announced

CDFW link opens in new windowhas awarded three projects $4.2 million in funding in response to the FY 2017-18 Proposal Solicitation Notice. 


The Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program (Program) 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 tidal, 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 Program 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 link opens in new windowCalifornia Climate Investments website.

Program Work, by the Numbers

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12 Projects
in Costal Wetlands, Mountain Meadows, and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
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$21M Investment
$13M in Disadvantaged Communities
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2,500 Acres Restored or Enhanced Equivalent to 1,900 football fields
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570,861 Metric Tons Estimated
CO2-equivalent Sequestered

Equal to 5 million gallons of gasoline

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

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