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Wetlands and Watershed Restoration


FUNDING LEVEL: Annual budget allocation; $30 million through March 2017
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: Department of Fish and Wildlife
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Public agencies, Federally recognized Tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations

Program Description

This program supports projects that reduce GHG emissions 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. This program focuses on restoration or enhancement of delta and coastal wetlands and mountain meadow habitat through projects that provide carbon sequestration benefits. In addition to reducing GHG emissions, these projects are integral to developing a more sustainable water management system statewide. This program is limited to the following areas:

  • 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

Visit the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction page to learn more.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • A larger and more efficient storehouse for atmospheric carbon
  • Protected and improved water quality through filtration and pollution reduction
  • Enhanced water storage through the replenishment of groundwater aquifers
  • Enhanced biodiversity by providing habitat for many species of fish and wildlife

Funded Projects

San Joaquin/Sacramento (2016) - The Sherman Island Wetland Restoration Project awarded $10,386,139 to Reclamation District 341 to restore approximately 1,700 acres of  permanent wetlands on Sherman Island. The project will sequester an estimated 11.5 metric tons CO2 per acre, per year, or nearly 20,000 metric tons CO per year once the restored wetlands are mature.

Yosemite National Park (2016) – $587,996 was awarded towards the restoration of the carbon storing ecosystem in Yosemite National Park’s Tuolumne Meadows. This project will restore nine acres of the sedge-dominated plant community to enhance the carbon sequestration capacity of the restored meadow, while also providing co-benefits such as improved water holding capacity of the soils and greater sediment retention.

Santa Barbara County (2016)- The North Campus Open Space Wetlands Restoration will restore 34 acres of diverse coastal wetlands and 20 acres of upland habitat, connected to Devereux Slough. The project, which was awarded $999,989, is designed to sequester greenhouse gases and provide co-benefits such as habitat, reduce localized flooding and educational opportunities. 

The County of Santa Barbara is a Beacon Program Participant, find out more.

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