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Comment 41 for Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan (scopingplan2022) - Non-Reg.

First Namejohn
Last Nameriedel
Email Addressjriedel8837@gmail.com
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SubjectDraft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan
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Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments for the Draft 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan. Coastal wetlands like salt marsh & eelgrass are incredible effecient natural tools in fighting climate change . These cosatal habitats capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and surrounding waters referred to as "Blue Carbon". The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes coastal wetlands plays an important contribution in mitigating climate change. IPCC includes proposals to protect and restore coastal wetlands, which includes their vital ecosystem, as a methodology for greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories. 

CARB (CA Air Resources Board) has an opportunity to protect and enhance CA's Blue Carbon habitas as part of the state's climate action plan (The Scoping Plan). The Draft Plan includes a goal to restore 60,000 acres of wetlands in the Sacramento San Joaquin River Delta. This will not only contribute significantly to CA's climate measures by reducing GHG emissions, but protects coastal communities from flooding , improves water quality, and supports wildlife biodiversity. CARB should expand Blue Carbon capture beyond the Delta Region by establishing specific targets for coastal wetland conservation and restoration.

CA's Ocean Protection Council has a goal to increase coatal wetland acreage by 50% by 2040. CARB can incorporate this goal for information gathering and research so they can be quantified and included in the next Scoping update. Such actions will establish Blue Carbon as an imporant tool in climate change mitigation and protect CA's coastal resources, wildlife biodiverstity, economic value and culture. Thank you.


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Date and Time Comment Was Submitted 2022-06-23 10:13:54

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