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Whitney Tawney returns to Ducks Unlimited as senior water policy adviser

Ducks Unlimited welcomes Whitney Tawney as the new senior water policy adviser in the Government Affairs Office. In her new role, Tawney will work on water policies from the Washington, DC office that will help advance the conservation policy priorities for Ducks Unlimited affecting wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

Wetlands and kids at Bismarck Water Festival

Third grade students from the local area splashed into spring at Bismarck State College for the annual Water Festival. During this week's festival students learned the importance of water and how they can conserve our natural resource.

Colorado water bill signed into law

Today, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1228, The Colorado Agricultural Water Protection Act (CAWPA), into law. CAWPA allows the owner of a water right to lease half for other beneficial uses as an alternative to the practice called “buy and dry,” where all of the water rights are sold and the land is no longer irrigated for farming.

DU's biologist chairs Montana water resources nonprofit

Ducks Unlimited Biologist Abby Dresser is chairing the board of a nonprofit organization that works across Montana to restore and protect the state's precious water resources. Dresser joined the Montana Aquatic Resources Services (MARS) board of directors in 2013.

Ducks Unlimited Statement On Proposed California Budget

Mark Biddlecomb, Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region Director of Operations, made the following statement regarding California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget: “Today’s budget is a recognition of state and voter approved priorities for conservation and wetlands in California. We are pleased to see the Governor propose $90M of voter approved monies from Proposition 1 State Obligations Funding to help implement the state share of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act. This landmark 1992 agreement between the federal and state governments is the backbone of support for California’s 19 refuges and wildlife areas.

LCRA provides water for wildlife in Matagorda County, first time in 3 years

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 8, 2015 – Waterfowl and shorebirds winging their way to Matagorda County and the Texas Mid-Coast will find more available habitat thanks to collaboration between the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), private landowners and Ducks Unlimited.

Colorado radio collaboration features Ducks Unlimited's work

“Connecting the Drops” is helping people understand how Colorado water users and others, including Ducks Unlimited, are working together to bring more water to people and waterfowl. The project is a radio collaboration between the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and Colorado Community Radio Stations.

Jason Roudebush is a new Colorado-based water resource specialist for Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited has hired a new water resource specialist for its Great Plains Ecosystems Services team. Jason Roudebush will be stationed out of DU’s Fort Collins office and will work on water projects throughout the Great Plains Region.

Partnership calls attention to private landowner role in water conservation

AUSTIN, Texas – April 24, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) joined other groups in applauding private landowners who conserve natural resources on their property for the benefit of all Texans during the Soil & Water Stewardship Week. This year's theme was "Land Stewardship: Providing Water for Texans."

Compromise in California

When the Lower Colorado River Authority started making drastic cutbacks in water delivery in Texas, DU board members Rogers Hoyt Jr. and Bill Ansell approached me about strengthening our advocacy for agricultural water, which is important not only to farmers but also to pintails and other wintering waterfowl. In response, DU hired Kirby Brown, a well-known professional biologist from Texas, to be our voice at the table during water-allocation discussions to ensure that farmers and waterfowl are given fair consideration.

TCEQ gives lower basin limited water and a chance at future planning

AUSTIN, Texas – Feb. 27, 2014 – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Commissioners decided February 26 to modify the Emergency Order requested by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), cutting off interruptible water for agriculture but refusing to adopt a higher trigger level. Members of the Lower Colorado River Basin Coalition, including Ducks Unlimited, were pleased with the outcome.

Water, Ducks and People

As demand for water intensifies, DU is working to ensure that waterfowl receive a fair share of this limited resource. By Scott C. Yaich, Ph.D., and Greg Kernohan.

DU says water-use decisions not critters vs. people

HOUSTON – Oct. 7, 2013 – As the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) seeks permission from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cut off inflows to Matagorda Bay, Ducks Unlimited reminds Texans of the intrinsic link between environment and economy along the Colorado River and the need for all users to share in conserving water.

Texas’ increased lake level requirements not good for ducks

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) Board has reacted to significant political pressure from the lakes communities and the City of Austin and raised the level requirement of Lakes Buchanan and Travis. This change means that unless it rains (and forecasts are not good for that), there will not be water for rice in the LCRA system for another year. This will have a huge negative impact on ducks.

DU responds to LCRA water allocation decision

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 16, 2012 - The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) board, after lengthy testimony dominated by a large Highland Lakes contingent, passed an emergency order that will likely provide enough water for first crop rice on approximately 50 percent of the fields in Texas's Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado counties.

Ducks Unlimited supports off-channel reservoir development to benefit Texas coast wetlands, waterfowl and rice

AUSTIN, Texas - Nov. 9, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited fully supports the Lower Colorado River Authority's (LCRA) move to develop off-channel reservoirs to provide much-needed water resources for Texas mid-coast rice agriculture and wetland management.

Texas water organization and DU meeting to discuss rice agriculture, importance to waterfowl

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has invited Ducks Unlimited to their June 19 Water Operations Committee meeting in Austin, Texas. The LCRA denied water for rice agriculture uses in the Texas Mid-Coast this year, essentially eliminating 60,000 acres of important habitat for wintering waterfowl in one of DU’s highest-priority conservation regions.

Wetlands conservation leader marks World Water Day

RICMOND, Texas – March 19, 2012 – As the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation, Ducks Unlimited is drawing attention to this month's milestone 9th Annual World Water Day.

Ducks Unlimited disappointed in LCRA decision to withhold water

RICHMOND, Texas - March 1, 2012 - Ducks Unlimited is gravely concerned by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) decision to deny water for agricultural uses in Colorado, Wharton, and Matagorda counties this spring.

Running on Empty

Water management is a hot topic in California, affecting residents, waterfowl hunters and the birds.

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