drought

DU Magazine spotlights California’s water history

DU Magazine recently featured an in-depth piece on California’s complex relationship with water and the loss of historic wetlands in the state. The article focused on Ducks Unlimited’s work with partners to bring large habitat projects [...]

February 26, 2019 // 0 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

DU Recognized by Rice Industry

Ducks Unlimited was recognized on Wednesday at the California Rice Commission’s Circle of Life Reception as one of 14 conservation groups, water districts and agencies that works with the rice industry to help wildlife during the drought. DU [...]

May 26, 2016 // 683 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

DU CEO Dale Hall Writes Op-Ed on California

Ducks Unlimited’s CEO Dale Hall recently penned an editorial that ran in Tuesday’s Contra Costa Times, highlighting the collaborative effort between DU and rice farmers to create habitat during the California drought. Like other [...]

March 11, 2016 // 707 Comments

Ducks Unlimited Statement On Proposed California Budget

Mark Biddlecomb, Ducks Unlimited’s Western Region Director of Operations, made the following statement yesterday regarding California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget: “Today’s budget is a recognition of state and voter approved [...]

January 9, 2016 // 657 Comments

Collaboration benefits migratory birds

Ducks Unlimited partnered with the Northern California Water Association on an editorial in Monday’s (1/4/16) Sacramento Bee highlighting the work accomplished in the Sacramento Valley this year maximizing water sources for migratory birds. [...]

January 4, 2016 // 664 Comments

Media Update: Drought and the Ducks

DU Biologist Virginia Getz spoke to Fox40 News in Sacramento at a California Rice Commission media event on Thursday, further illustrating how the lack of water in the Central Valley is not hurting just rice farmers. “These birds are heavily [...]

October 9, 2015 // 617 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

California Celebrates Native as DU President

For those that missed the news from the DU National Convention last week, or have been living in a cave the last six months, California’s own Paul Bonderson was elected as DU President on Saturday, May 30th, taking over duties from George [...]

June 5, 2015 // 697 Comments

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are currently in the midst of a major project that will restore or enhance about 739 acres of habitat at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), which consists of about 5,077 acres and is [...]

May 1, 2015 // 677 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

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