WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 19, 2016 – On Friday, President Obama signed S. 612, the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law. WIIN will help restore and conserve some of the nation's most threatened habitat for waterfowl, while providing jobs and economic stability for communities all across the country.
“This bipartisan bill could not have been accomplished without the support of countless champions in both the House and Senate who worked tirelessly for two years to formulate this package,” said Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall. “Ducks Unlimited is thrilled to see final passage of the WIIN act by Congress and appreciates President Obama’s signature of approval.”
Key conservation provisions included in the WIIN Act:
• Robust funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, which provide dedicated funding to the Great Lakes Navigation System that support revitalization in waterfront communities and on-the-ground restoration projects critical to wildlife populations and their habitats.
• The reauthorization of the Delaware River Basin Restoration Program that supports a coordinated approach to identify, prioritize and implement restoration across the Basin as well as provide support for on-the-ground projects.
• The beneficial use of dredged materials which removes the regulatory barriers that currently restrict the use for wildlife habitat restoration projects.
• A survey directing the EPA to study seagrasses in the Chesapeake Bay to monitor the health of the Bay.
• Safeguarding of water supplies for refuges in California that provide critical waterfowl habitat in the Pacific Flyway.
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Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.8 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.