STERLING, CO, Nov.10, 2008 – Thanks to Colorado voters, Ducks Unlimited is moving forward with plans to conserve nearly 2,200 acres on land that will provide public hunting opportunities and secure a better future for wildlife. Dollars for the projects were slated to come from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, which would have lost substantial funding under Amendment 52, defeated by voters last week. The amendment would have diverted $225 million in severance taxes from wildlife and water conservation and other important programs.
“We are relieved that Colorado voters turned down the amendment because of the effect it would have on conservation programs,” said Greg Kernohan, DU manager of Colorado conservation programs. “They agreed with us that this is a critical time for water conservation as Colorado’s urban population rapidly grows. We need to be spending even more for this work.”
DU is working with municipal, industrial and agricultural water users to meet their needs while providing for Colorado wildlife habitat. In the last 12 months, DU received almost $1.5 million for conservation programs throughout the lower South Platte from the Colorado Water Conservation Board to do this work.
“With dollars from the water conservation board, DU is providing win-win water solutions for Colorado cities and businesses,” Kernohan said. “Thanks to the voters, this program and others will continue for Colorado.”
With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 12 million acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands - nature’s most productive ecosystem - and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.
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