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Policy News: Vol. 1, Issue 3

Top stories for June 16, 2009

Louisiana governor dedicates $300 million to coastal restoration

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing $300 million to help protect and rebuild Louisiana's coast, which is critical to the state's annual waterfowl migration, as well as nationally imported seafood, oil and gas industries. This funding must be approved by the Louisiana state legislature before it can be implemented. However, thanks to the assistance of many DU supporters, it has passed through Louisiana House. The bill, House Bill 2 by Representative Hunter Greene, will be heard in the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee within the next week. This funding is in jeopardy as amendments have been proposed to redirect this governor-supported agenda to other programs. Please contact your senator to voice your support for the $300 million for the coast—it's good for Louisiana and it is good for the ducks!

Minnesota Farmers Union supports Clean Water Restoration Act

The Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) joined a growing list of supporters for the Clean Water Restoration Act, signaling their support for the bill in a letter to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.). Calling America's farmers and ranchers the "best soil and water conservationists," MFU President Doug Peterson endorsed the bill, which would restore Clean Water Act protections to millions of acres of wetlands and thousands of miles of streams. The Clean Water Restoration Act has been labeled the top priority for sportsmen, and would protect the breeding and migratory habitat for millions of waterfowl.

Read the letter and learn more about the Clean Water Restoration Act at the Ducks Unlimited Clean Water Action Center.

North Dakota governor denies DU land buy

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven denied DU's attempt to purchase land in McLean County, N.D., the third such request that has been denied. Ducks Unlimited Director of Conservation Programs Jim Ringelman called the law behind the the governor's decision "unjust" and "unfortunate."

"Three parties are negatively impacted by this law: private landowners, non-profit organizations and the sportsmen and women of our state and nation," said Ringelman.

Learn more about the proposed purchase »

Record funding for North American Wetlands Conservation Act, refuges

The House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee recommended a record increase to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)—$52 million for the 2010 fiscal year, which is a $10 million increase. DU members and supporters were integral to this success, sending e-mails and making phone calls to their representatives and senators urging them to support the highest funding possible for NAWCA.

Learn more about NAWCA and see if your members of Congress supported it »

The Great Lakes Initiative was also recommended the full $475 million presidential request. DU and 14 other groups supported increased funding for the Great Lakes, a high priority area for DU and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. The president's plan includes more than $100 million for wetlands conservation in the Great Lakes watershed, which includes portions of eight states and critical waterfowl breeding and migratory habitat.


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