Hunter Angler Summit scheduled for February 21

Hunter Angler Summit scheduled for February 21

TIFFIN, Iowa – -( Rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court have left more than half of Iowa's streams and more than 70 percent of Iowa's prairie pothole wetlands vulnerable to losing Clean Water Act protections. Whether you are an angler who enjoys casting in your favorite stream or a hunter who counts on mallards and northern pintails, these decisions threaten the places you love.

DU Manager of Conservation Programs, Roger Pederson, will be speaking at a Hunter Angler Summit about these threats. The Iowa Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation are sponsoring the February 21 summit to launch a state-wide campaign to fight against these changes. Policy experts and scientists will share the current efforts to eliminate protections in Iowa and the serious impacts they have for Iowa fish and wildlife. The group will work together to design a statewide plan for hunters and anglers to stop the rollback of clean water protections for Iowa waters.

The summit is Saturday, February 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Johnson County Conservation Education Center at F.W. Kent Park, Tiffin, Iowa. The summit is part of a broader campaign to protect aquatic resources in the Mississippi Basin in collaboration with Ducks Unlimited, the Izaak Walton League of America, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Trout Unlimited, and many others.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP Pam Goddard of the National Wildlife Federation at or call at 301-741-6606.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest and most effective wetland and waterfowl conservation organization with more than 12 million acres conserved. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands ? nature's most productive ecosystem ? and continues to lose more than 80,000 wetland acres each year.

For more information about DU's work in Iowa, visit For more information about the Clean Water Restoration Act, visit

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