Kansas City, Mo., March 21, 2011–
Ducks Unlimited recognized U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois for his contributions to wetland conservation during the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources conference in Kansas City, Mo., Friday. The senator has been visionary in his support of wetland conservation and watershed management practices that provide both habitat for wildlife and improved water quality in agricultural landscapes.
Informed legislators are critical to the mission of Ducks Unlimited. Current budget talks threaten important conservation programs like the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The program is extremely effective and fosters partnerships between public and private entities to economically deliver important conservation projects.
"As Congress gets serious about addressing the federal deficit, we will have plenty of time to debate about our nation's priorities," Sen. Durbin said. "Conservation efforts that make wetlands and wildlife habitats available for future generations should be a part of that discussion."
Illinois has realized great environmental achievements thanks to Sen. Durbin's conservation vision. The senator's leadership has been instrumental in improving water quality in the Illinois River basin. During the past seven years, his support has led to a $1.2 million investment in the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's program to reduce sediment and nutrient run-off in 10 Illinois River basin counties, affecting nearly 2,000 acres. Sen. Durbin has also advocated on behalf of Great Lakes restoration efforts in our nation's capital, as well as funding for conservation programs in the Farm Bill. Additionally, he led efforts to protect native prairie by supporting Sodsaver provisions in the 2008 Farm Bill.
Ducks Unlimited 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 12 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.