Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program

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News and Events

March 29, 2022 - Contingency Funding Available

CDFW is now accepting Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Contingency Funding requests for currently funded CDFW Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program projects. The Wetlands Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant Program Contingency Funding Guidelines (PDF)(opens in new tab) outlines requirements and how to apply.

April 15, 2020 - Questions about Impacts on Grants

In response to questions received with regard to grant projects and programs constrained by the COVID-19 emergency, CDFW has developed a Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)(opens in new tab) document. Please review and feel free to submit questions related to COVID-19 impacts on grants to WatershedGrants@wildlife.ca.gov.

December 10, 2019 - Awards Announced

CDFW announced the award of $11.35 million to seven projects(opens in new tab) to restore wetlands and reduce emission of greenhouse gasses.

December 21, 2018 - Awards Announced

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


California Climate Investments - cap and trade dollars at work

The Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program (Program) restores or enhances wetlands and watershed 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 or enhance large areas of mountain meadow, coastal tidal, inland seasonal, 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, low-income communities, and low-income households that are collectively referred to as "priority populations". 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 priority populations across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website(opens in new tab).

Program Work, by the Numbers

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22 Projects
in Coastal Wetlands, Inland Seasonal Wetlands, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Wetlands, Mountain Meadows
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7,370 Acres Restored or Enhanced Equivalent to 5,602 football fields
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$36.85M Investment
$18M benefiting Priority Populations
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859,783 Metric Tons Estimated
CO2-equivalent Sequestered

Equal to 7.6 million gallons of gasoline

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