North American Wetlands Conservation Act Law and Legal Definition

The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (“Act”) is federal legislation that provides protection and management of an appropriate distribution and diversity of wetland ecosystems and habitats associated with wetland ecosystems and other fish and wildlife in North America. The following are the purposes of this Act:

1.Encouraging partnership among public agencies and other interests :

2.Maintaining current or improved distributions of wetland associated migratory bird populations; and

3.Sustaining an abundance of waterfowl and other wetland associated migratory birds consistent with the goals of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, the North American Water bird Conservation Plan, and the international obligations contained in the migratory bird treaties and conventions and other agreements with Canada, Mexico, and other countries.

The Act provides for the maintenance of healthy populations of migratory birds in North America that is dependent on the protection, restoration, and management of wetland ecosystems. The Act helps in conservation of wetland ecosystems that provide essential and significant habitat for fish, shellfish, and other wildlife of commercial, recreational, scientific, and aesthetic values. The Act also protects wetland ecosystems that make a significant contribution to water availability and quality, recharging ground water, filtering surface runoff, and providing waste treatment.

In addition, the Act helps in developing and implementing a strategy to conserve the full complement of North American wetlands systems and species dependent on those wetland systems. Pursuant to 16 USCS § 4414, the Act also helps in developing and implementing procedures to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of wetlands conservation projects completed under this Act.