Quality Wetlands Losses Continue

Statement of D.A. (Don) Young, executive vice president of Ducks Unlimited, regarding wetlands loss:

“We should all be concerned about America continuing to lose quality wetlands and the benefits they provide. Given challenges from human encroachment and repeated attempts to roll back Clean Water Act protection, we all must work to ensure a net gain of high quality wetlands for clean water, wildlife and flood control needs. Ducks Unlimited is a strong supporter of positive steps being taken by the government to save and restore high quality wetlands. Today’s report shouldn’t provide reason to think an overall victory on wetlands conservation is being achieved.

“We look forward to continuing in partnership with the government to conserve an additional 3 million acres of quality wetlands as outlined by the president.”

Background

The Department of Interior has been issuing regular reports on the status and trends of wetlands for more than two decades. These reports have shown a continuing decline in the rate of loss of natural wetlands, which everyone should celebrate. Unfortunately, the loss of these key wetlands continues.

In this week’s report released by the federal government, these losses are shown as being offset, in part, by considering artificial water bodies, such as storm water retention ponds and golf course hazards, as being the equivalent of natural wetlands. This diminishes the significance of the continuing impact on natural wetlands. Loss and degradation of our nation’s natural wetlands will be translated into fewer waterfowl, diminished wildlife in general, less flood protection, less seafood and lower water quality.
 
Contacts: Gregg Patterson
Director of Communications
(901)758-3937
gpatterson@ducks.org

or
Scott Sutherland
Director of the Governmental Affairs Office
(202) 347-1530;
ssutherland@ducks.org

or
Dr. Alan Wentz
Group Manager of Conservation Programs
(901) 758-3784
awentz@ducks.org

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands − nature’s most productive ecosystem − and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year.