Water Issues in the Western Region

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Photo © Michael Furtman

The West, and in particular the Central Valley of California, is in the throes of a massive drought that threatens to change the face of the state’s remaining wetland habitats. One of the most fertile agriculture hubs in the world, the Valley provides important food resources and a place for four to six million waterfowl every winter, making it one of DU’s highest priority areas in North America. However, with reservoir levels at historic lows and 100% of the state in severe to exceptional drought conditions, waterfowl face dire circumstances as they arrive in the fall only to find a number of wetlands dry or in poor conditions.

Ducks Unlimited protects, restores, and manages wetlands for waterfowl other wildlife and people. DU also optimizes benefits from limited water supplies in a new water era so that California and other western states can sustain traditional waterfowl populations despite ongoing challenges.

We are making a difference on the landscape for wetlands, waterfowl, and the people who enjoy them and want to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

Waterfowl and the California Drought

LA Times Story on California Drought and Rice Shortage