by Amelia Raquel, Regional Biologist
Ducks Unlimited (DU) in the Intermountain West Region has been approved for a $843,842 North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to conserve over 5,000 acres of habitat in Northeastern California. New work includes improvements to water availability, conveyance and distribution on McArthur Swamp, Ash Creek Wildlife Area, Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, and two private properties. This work will improve water and vegetation management capabilities which will enhance migratory and breeding habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-associated species.
The Intermountain West Region was also selected for funding for two projects from the California State Wildlife Conservation Board’s Pacific Flyway Conservation Fund. One project will be to design and construct water conveyance infrastructure on Shasta Valley Wildlife Area, which will be coupled with a recently NAWCA-funded pump station construction project. These infrastructure improvements will increase water availability and ensure efficient delivery to 693 acres of wetland and upland habitats on the wildlife area.
The second project selected for funding will be a water conveyance assessment study on Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Due to the complexities associated with the volume of water to convey, existing infrastructure, and potential environmental impacts, an engineering feasibility and environmental impacts assessment will be conducted on various water conveyance alternatives. Once a preferred alternative is determined, DU will be looking to secure funding for construction. After it has been implemented, this work will improve water availability and conveyance to over 17,000 acres of habitat.