The Prairie Pothole Region of the Northern Great Plains is known as North America’s “duck factory,” and with good reason. This vast complex of wetlands provides the breeding grounds for the majority of the continent’s waterfowl, but this habitat is under threat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking to undermine the Farm Bill’s wetland conservation provisions which protect this important habitat.
Put simply, federal law requires that farmers conserve wetlands on their property if they wish to remain eligible for federal subsidies and assistance. But the administration is proposing a rule that would ignore the presence of a large proportion of wetlands, especially those most important to migratory waterbirds and breeding ducks, allowing farmers to drain these wetlands and still receive subsidies.
Without these wetland protections, thousands of acres of breeding habitat will be lost for waterfowl and a variety of migratory birds.
Speak out before it’s too late: Tell the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to follow the law, as written, and continue protections for all wetlands, including seasonal wetlands that are critically important to wildlife, water quality and flood control.