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North American Wetlands Conservation Act

Thank Signers of House NAWCA Letter

Reps. John Dingell (D-MI) and Don Young (R-AK) are leading a letter in the House supporting robust funding of NAWCA appropriations. Please call and urge your Members of Congress to sign this letter.

If they have already signed, thank them! Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121.

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) provides matching grants to organizations and individuals for the acquisition, restoration, and enhancement of wetland ecosystems for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife.  Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council (of which Alliance Executive Vice President Mary Pope Hutson is a member), funding is available as small grants up to $75,000 and standard grants up to $1 million. Appropriations fell to a recent low of $33.8 million in Fiscal Year 2013, but wildlife law fines bring the total to more than $50 million. President Obama has requested an appropriation of $39.4 million in FY 2014.

While NAWCA continues to receive appropriations, its authorization actually expired in October 2012, putting the program in great peril. You can help save NAWCA by seeking co-sponsors for legislation to reauthorize it:

  • S. 741 -- Introduced by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and ranking member David Vitter (R-LA). Learn more.
  • H.R. 2208 -- Introduced by Reps. Rob Wittman (R-VA), John Dingell (D-MI), Steve King (R-IA), and Bennie Thompson (D-MS). Learn more.

Check if your legislators signed the House or Senate letters supporting appropriations for NAWCA. If so, please be sure to say thank you when asking them to co-sponsor H.R. 2208 or S. 741. More resources:

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