The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) conserves North America’s waterfowl, fish and wildlife resources while producing a variety of environmental and economic benefits. Its success is driven by partnerships involving federal, state and local governments; nonprofit organizations like Ducks Unlimited and community groups. Every federal dollar provided by NAWCA must be matched by at least one dollar from non-federal sources. Because the program is so effective, NAWCA funds are usually doubled or tripled on the local level. More than $1 billion in federal grants has been allocated for NAWCA projects – a figure that has leveraged an additional $3 billion from matching and non-matching funds.
Currently, separate Congressional dear colleague letters are being circulated in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. We ask that you contact your Representative and Senators and urge them to support NAWCA funding, either by signing on to these letters or by including the NAWCA program in their appropriations requests for FY2017.
NAWCA is a highly competitive grant-based conservation program. Last year alone, there were $97 million in proposed NAWCA projects, with only $35.145 million appropriated by Congress. That’s why we ask that you contact your elected officials to ask for their continued support of NAWCA funding, so that we can continue to cultivate success for wetlands conservation on the ground.
Again, we thank you for your continued support of Ducks Unlimited!