DU Statement on Final WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 23, 2020 – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their final Navigable Waters Protection Rule to define “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) as it applies to the Clean Water Act.

In 2019, DU submitted formal comments on the Proposed Rule highlighting concerns about how it will be implemented given the uncertainty associated with proposed regulatory definitions.

“Ducks Unlimited provided science-based comments highlighting the importance of wetlands to continental migratory bird populations, as well as to the overall health of our nation’s diverse waters,” said DU CEO Adam Putnam. “And while some concerns remain, we hope the finalization of this rule provides clarity so that all stakeholders can now work together to conserve some of our most precious natural resources. Most importantly, the long-term conservation of these ecosystems rests in our ability to work cooperatively with those on the frontlines – our nation’s farmers, ranchers and foresters. As we have for more than 80 years, DU will continue its work with all private landowners across our nation’s diverse landscape to conserve and restore wetlands that benefit both wildlife and our quality of life.”

DU scientists, conservation staff and policy experts are carefully reviewing the technical aspects of the final rule, released today, to evaluate its effects on wetlands, waterfowl and DU’s habitat conservation mission. DU will continue to work with our partners to develop and deliver innovative wetland conservation programs that benefit wildlife, landowners and the communities in which we all live.

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Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 14.5 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit  www.ducks.org