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2019 Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Grant Program

June 5, 2019

Start Planning now!  We are starting to work with clients to develop strong project concepts and partnerships. Deadline is August 13

 

What are they looking for?

Implement restoration or enhancement of wetlands (see PSNs for specific project types) that results in quantifiable GHG emission benefits and provides co-benefits.

o CEQA/NEPA compliance and obtaining required environmental permits

o Developing and finalizing engineering designs o Monitoring and assessment activities to document GHG benefits and co-benefits achieved through project implementation.

 

Ineligible activities

• Projects associated with regulatory compliance obligations

• Conservation easements or equivalent conservation agreements

• Purchase of land or interest in land or water

• The conversion of row crops or other land uses to rice cultivation

 

GHG Benefits

3.1.1 Conceptual Model Proposals must include a conceptual model that shows how the proposed restoration activities result in net GHG benefits. The conceptual model must include a discussion of the period of time, minimum of 50 years, over which the project will yield GHG benefits.

3.1.2 Quantification of GHG Benefits The Wetlands Program is responsible for reporting GHG benefits and co-benefits resulting from funded projects to the CARB, in accordance with a CARB-approved quantification methodology and 2018 Funding Guidelines. All projects are required to show a net GHG benefit and provide multiple other co-benefits.

 

Proposals must provide an estimate of expected emission and sequestration of carbon and relevant GHGs (carbon dioxide [CO2], methane [CH4], and nitrous oxide [N2O]). Emissions estimates must be in metric tons of CO2 equivalents (MTCO2-e). Applicants must use the Benefits Calculator Tool for the Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program (Wetlands Benefit Tool) to estimate project GHG benefits. The Wetlands Benefit Tool and its supporting Quantification Methodology can be found at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cci-resources.

 

Proposals must demonstrate that expected GHG benefits exceed what would otherwise occur in the no project (business as usual) scenario and be beyond what is already currently required by law, regulation, or legally binding mandate. In addition to providing results from the CARB approved quantification methodologies, applicants may provide additional site-specific data and alternative calculation methods to estimate GHG benefits.

 

Co-Benefits Where applicable and to the extent feasible, projects must maximize economic, environmental, and public health co-benefits to the State. Proposals must include expected project co-benefits for Community Engagement, using CARB-approved methods available at www.arb.ca.gov/cci-cobenefits. Applicants are to include a description of other expected co-benefits from project implementation and an approach to measure and report those co-benefits. Assessment methodologies may be quantitative or qualitative. Other co-benefits may include, but are not limited to:

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