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2008 Wetlands Development Grants Awards Projects

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Ak-Chin Indian Community - Development of Wetland Protection Program

Land development pressures are mounting in and around the Ak-Chin Indian community. The grantee will use the funds to produce a wetland protection program by creating wetland protection ordinances. This will help them consider the importance of wetlands more thoroughly when reviewing land development proposals.

Navajo is interested in increasing their knowledge of wetlands on tribal lands in order to set appropriate tribal wetland priorities. The grantee will use the funds to assess and map approximately 40 wetlands. They will use the information to develop a wetland conservation plan.

Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe - Wetlands Protection Project

The grantee will use the funds to monitor and asses their wetlands in order to establish a baseline of information. Later the baseline can be used to track changes in wetland condition and water quality, which will help the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe refine their approach to wetlands protection.

Moapa Band of Paiutes - Tribal Wetland Program Development

The Moapa Band of Paiutes will use the funds to map and delineate wetlands, conduct vegetation and wildlife surveys and monitor groundwater. The grantee will use this baseline information to develop an effective wetland protection program.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe - Wetlands Program: Refining and Strengthening of Tribal Wetlands Program Components

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will use the funds to refine their wetland monitoring and assessment methods. They will use the updated methods to assess changes in the wetland condition. This information will be used to improve their ability to protect their wetlands.

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Association of Bay Area Governments - Stream and Wetlands System Protection Policy

The Association of Bay Area Governments will use the funds to move the Stream and Wetlands Policy towards adoption by two of the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards and the California State Water Resources Control Board. They will also develop local planning tools for stream ordinances and permit checklists.

Aquatic Science Center - Developing California’s Capacity to Assess the Performance of Wetland Protection Policies, Programs and Projects in the Watershed Context

The Aquatic Science Center will refine the Wetlands Tracker so that it can become the common data management system to document wetland projects and related activities for the regions encompassed by California Regional Water Quality Control Boards 2 and 4.

California State Water Resources Control Board - Development of a Policy to Protect Wetlands and Riparian Areas

The California State Water Resources Control Board will use the funds to develop guidelines for the assessment of wetlands data and a state wetland definition. They will also create assessment guidelines for local agencies to adopt, and will move a state wetlands protection policy towards adoption.

Southern California Coastal Water Research Partnership - Development of a Statewide Network of Reference Wetlands

The Southern California Coastal Water Research Partnership will use the funds to establish a statewide network of wetland reference sites for the inland areas of California. Specifically, they will train field teams and conduct calibration at 95 sites.

University of California at Davis, Plant Sciences Department - Improving Conservation and Compensatory Mitigation of Vernal Pools

The Plant Sciences Department at UC Davis will use the funds to complete California vernal pool surveys and refine a vernal pool classification scheme. The results will be used to strengthen the ability of California to protect vernal pool wetlands.

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