Back Bay NWR project funded

NAWCA grant supports Virginia wetland restoration

Ducks Unlimited’s (DU) Virginia Tidal Rivers and Bays II grant proposal was selected for funding through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). This grant will fund the enhancement of 609 acres of wetlands within managed impoundments on Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, VA. The project will increase management capabilities by adding and upgrading water control structures, modifying an existing pump station and enhancing canals and embankments to improve water delivery throughout the wetland system. DU will deliver the project from start to finish, providing engineering survey and design, biological expertise and construction oversight and management. Once completed, this project will allow USFWS refuge managers to achieve independent management of impoundments and encourage production of quality forage for waterfowl, provide mudflats and sheet water for shorebird foraging habitat and control undesirable plant species.