The Waurika Waterfowl Development Unit was built in the early 1980s in southwestern Oklahoma to maximize quality wetland habitat for waterfowl and migratory birds. During the past three years, the Department has been conducting enhancement projects, which includes installation of permanent pump stations and a related water delivery system, renovation of dikes, and replacement of water control structures.
The construction phase of the last of these projects is nearing completion, and it is being funded through matching funds from the federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.
For more than 75 years, funding through this program has made lasting positive changes for the wildlife, fish and habitat of Oklahoma. Every hunter, angler or outdoors enthusiast who buys outdoors-related items contributes to this program by paying a special excise tax. This revenue is given back to the states based on factors that include the number of licensed hunters and anglers in the state.
The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program has helped save millions of acres of habitat and boosted many wildlife populations. Each time an Oklahoman buys a license, he or she is supporting important conservation projects such as increased hunting access or improved boating access. Every sportsman and outdoors enthusiast benefits!
This program receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, and sex (gender), pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. To request an accommodation or informational material in an alternative format, please contact Director, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or service, please contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, Attention: Civil Rights Coordinator for Public Access, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203.
A permanent pump station is being installed at the Waurika WDU, partially funded by federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program funds.
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