South Platte project conserves both water and waterfowl habitat

 GREELEY, Colo. – June 4, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited wanted habitat for waterfowl in northern Colorado. United Water and Sanitation District wanted a facility to recharge water through the aquifer to the South Platte River. The two organizations came together to develop the 50-acre Haren Wetland Recharge Project, near the South Platte River in southern Weld County.

With additional funding from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council, DU designed the project and United completed the construction. The Haren Project will help meet the residential and commercial water needs of many Front Range communities, while providing waterfowl migration habitat.

Greg Kernohan, DU manager of conservation programs for Colorado, said several complications led to the initial cancellation of the project in 2011. “We have developed several wetland recharge projects along the Platte over the last decade to benefit wildlife, agriculture and rural municipalities, but we really struggled to get this one implemented,” he said.

Fortunately, United’s offer to get involved revived conservation efforts along the South Platte. “The project would not have been completed without United Water and Sanitation District’s visionary leadership,” Kernohan said.

“The Haren Project offered a great opportunity to work with several water providers in the middle South Platte to meet our client’s needs,” said Ron von Lembke, United’s chief operating officer. “We also got the chance to work with national leaders in wetlands and wildlife conservation to demonstrate that water projects can integrate with the environment to support wildlife and local agricultural economies.”

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. 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. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/ducksunlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/ducksunlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/ducksunlimitedinc.

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