Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of the Interior for awarding Ducks Unlimited and its partners in the Lahontan Valley $868,863 in North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant funding to preserve western Nevada’s wetlands. The grant funding will be matched by over $1 million in private partner funds and will be used to help improve the management of 3,975 acres of marsh that are home to dozens of species of migratory birds.
“Nevada’s wetlands are not only home to an incredible array of bird and wildlife species, they also play a crucial role in filtering toxic chemicals from our water sources, guarding against flood risks and boosting our recreation economy. Effective management is vital to the health of our ecosystems, and I’ll continue to advocate for the resources needed to conserve the precious natural resources and wild places across our state.”
NAWCA is the only federal grant program dedicated to the conservation of wetland habitats for migratory birds. Since 1989, funding has advanced the conservation of wetland habitats and their wildlife in all 50 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico while engaging more than 6,100 partners in over 2,900 projects. More information about the grant projects is available here.