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Banding Together for Waterfowl

California wetlands and waterways receive support from key legislators

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California State Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblyman Bill Berryhill recently met with Western Regional Office Director Mark Biddlecomb and Public Policy Director Chris Unkel to exchange views on conservation and waterfowl issues in Northern California.

Both legislators are enthusiastic supporters of DU and shared their thoughts on long-term strategies for water use and conservation, particularly in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In turn, Biddlecomb and Unkel offered ideas about DU regional interests in waterfowl habitat restoration, especially as it relates to the public discussions concerning the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

"The meeting with Senator Wolk and Assemblyman Berryhill was very productive," Biddlecomb said. "They understand our issues and I think we'll make significant progress working together. I was also delighted to learn the senator has been out on hunts and the assemblyman is not only an avid duck hunter but an accomplished waterfowl artist as well."

Both Wolk and Berryhill are long-time conservationists. Recent redistricting now has Wolk representing an area populated with numerous and significant DU projects. Her new district includes the lower Napa/Sonoma Valley and a large portion of the Delta. Berryhill, a lifelong DU member, has his own duck club in the Delta and is currently working on a habitat restoration project there. He hopes to collaborate with DU on his effort in the near future. Both legislators expressed appreciation for the conversation and say they're looking forward to continuing the dialogue.

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