ALBERT LEA, Minn. – Oct. 2, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited recently received a $10,000 donation from ITC Holdings Corp. to help protect and restore habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife on the shallow-lake-dotted landscape of Minnesota and Iowa.
Through its Living Lakes Initiative, Ducks Unlimited acquires, enhances and restores key wetland habitat for migratory waterfowl. Several new enhancement projects that were surveyed and designed by DU’s bio-engineering staff are currently being implemented in northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. The gift from ITC will help DU leverage nearly $1.5 million in public grants and an additional $500,000 in private funds provided by DU members and philanthropists. These projects will take place on a series of managed shallow lakes and wetlands from central Iowa through northern Minnesota that provide high-quality aquatic food and habitat resources for migrating and breeding waterfowl.
“Ducks Unlimited is pleased that ITC is supporting the Living Lakes Initiative," said Tim Roble, Minnesota state chairman for Ducks Unlimited. “ITC is an environmentally responsible neighbor on our shared landscape."
ITC is embarking on the Minnesota-Iowa 345 kV Transmission Project. This new line will run from ITC’s Lakefield Junction substation in Jackson County, Minn., to a new ITC substation located near Winnebago, before turning south to connect to a new MidAmerican Energy Company substation in Kossuth County, Iowa.
“ITC is committed to environmental concerns," said Lori Broghammer, ITC area manager. “We are proud to partner with Ducks Unlimited on the Living Lakes Initiative. The enhancement of shallow lakes creates not only great wildlife habitat and clean water for wildlife, but also great recreational opportunity for people."
About ITC Holdings Corp.
ITC Holdings Corp. is the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. The company’s Midwest operating company, ITC Midwest, operates more than 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri, and maintains operating locations at Dubuque, Iowa City and Perry, Iowa, and Albert Lea and Lakefield, Minnesota. ITC Midwest is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.