Drought

Ducks Unlimited is at work in the Klamath Basin

Finding solutions in drought-stricken Southern Oregon, Northeastern California The Klamath Basin is in the midst of an historic massive drought that threatens to change the face of the region’s wetland habitats and the very fabric of the local [...]

June 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

Drought Brings California Agencies Together In Common Goal

A group of government agencies, NGO’s and private landowners gathered for a press conference at the scenic Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area located just outside Sacramento on Thursday to celebrate the fall arrival of waterfowl and, more importantly, [...]

November 19, 2016 // 636 Comments

Despite spring rains, drought still continues

The Orange County Register’s Aaron Orlowski penned an interesting piece warning Californians that even though the state just experienced an above average rainy season, the drought is still lingering and we could see extremely dry conditions [...]

June 7, 2016 // 899 Comments

Californians seeing water partnership benefits

DU Western Region Director of Conservation Programs, Jim Well (center), spoke to the gathered media on the partnership between rice farmers and waterfowl. Ducks Unlimited joined a group of water district managers, farmers and fish biologists in [...]

March 18, 2016 // 734 Comments

More Water for Rice Fields and Birds

In case you missed it last week, the Bureau of Reclamation recently announced that it will be releasing an additional 50,000 acres of water to California rice farmers over the next month, which is great news for waterfowl in the state. This latest [...]

November 12, 2015 // 713 Comments

Concern Mounts Over Water for Rice

Ag Alert, the weekly newspaper for California Agriculture, yesterday touched on the mounting concern over the lack of water for winter-flooded rice in the Sacramento Valley, which may be down from the normal range of 300,000 acres to only 50k in [...]

September 16, 2015 // 529 Comments

DU CEO Dale Hall comments on California drought legislation

Last week, California Senators Feinstein and Boxer introduced the California Emergency Drought Relief Act as a way to mitigate the devastating effects of the drought crippling California. Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall released the following [...]

August 5, 2015 // 614 Comments

OPINION: Water cuts hit wildlife, ag just as hard

DU Western Region Director Mark Biddlecomb and David J. Guy,president of the Northern California Water Association, worked together to place the attached opinion piece in today’s Stockton Record. Among some of the key messages: Much has been [...]

July 17, 2015 // 686 Comments

Waterfowl and Rice Update

Ducks Unlimited this week joined with the California Rice Commission, the Northern California Water Association, the National Resources Conservation Service and several local farmers and water district representatives for a press conference to [...]

June 12, 2015 // 691 Comments

Ducks Unlimited Supporting California Rice

With recent heavy media attention on the California drought and the use of water by agriculture, the California Rice Commission and Northern California Water Association held a media event outside of Sacramento today to spotlight the multiple [...]

April 18, 2015 // 685 Comments

Bleak News on California Water

Standing in a grassy mountain field normally covered in snow this time of year, California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday announced mandatory state-wide water restrictions, ordering California’s water agencies to institute a 25% cutback. The [...]

April 2, 2015 // 646 Comments

What is DU doing for the western drought?

As the news trickled out this week that the Sierra snow pack is at only 19% of average for early March, a near record-low, California and other western states were faced with another year of extreme drought heading into the summer season. While this [...]

March 6, 2015 // 504 Comments

Let it Rain

Drought-plagued California finally received some substantial rain over Thanksgiving week, with even more precipitation and snow predicted this week. All of which is good news of course for the waterfowl who call the Central Valley home in the winter [...]

December 1, 2014 // 608 Comments

Al Jazeera America tackles botulism in Central Valley

Al Jazeera America continued to bring attention to the  current drought conditions in California and the effects on the Pacific Flyway, specifically in regards to waterfowl and disease. The piece, by author Nate Schweber, provides an interesting [...]

October 1, 2014 // 717 Comments

Where will migratory birds find food this fall?

(L to R): Dave Shuford of Point Blue, Leigh Martinez of CBS 13, Mark Smith of DU Western Region Director of Public Policy, Mark Smith, made an appearance on CBS13’s Friday news to talk drought and waterfowl. You can see the full interview [...]

August 11, 2014 // 651 Comments