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Bipartisan House members introduce NAWCA reauthorization bill

WASHINGTON – May 29, 2013 – Reps. John Dingell (MI), Steve King (IA), Bennie Thompson (MS) and Rob Wittman (VA) have introduced a bill asking for the reauthorization and appropriation of the public-private partnerships funded by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).   

The bill is a straight reauthorization of NAWCA funding of $75 million through FY17.

“Ducks Unlimited appreciates that these House champions recognize NAWCA is the ideal model for successful public-private partnerships because it more than triples any federal investment with non-federal dollars,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. “The vital wetlands conserved by NAWCA benefit all U.S. citizens by mitigating floods, preventing soil erosion and improving our water quality.”

NAWCA has translated more than $1 billion in federal appropriations over the life of the program into nearly $3.5 billion in additional economic activity. These expenditures have created, on average, nearly 7,500 new jobs (e.g. construction workers, biologists, engineers) annually in the United States, generating more than $200 million in worker earnings each year.

“Both the Senate and House have reaffirmed NAWCA as a sound investment with their respective reauthorization bills. The program has conserved almost 27 million acres of wetlands and associated uplands since its creation in 1989,” said DU Chief Conservation Officer Paul Schmidt. “We look forward to working with House members to expeditiously pass this vital conservation legislation.” 

NAWCA conserves North America’s waterfowl, fish and other wildlife resources while producing a variety of environmental and economic benefits. Every federal dollar provided by NAWCA must be matched by at least one dollar from non-federal sources.

Because the program is so effective, NAWCA funds are usually tripled or quadrupled. Since its inception, more than 4,500 partners have been involved in more than 2,200 NAWCA projects across North America.

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.

 Heather Stegner
(202) 347-1530


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