California Waterfowl Legislative Affairs and Public Policy

A Clear and Powerful Voice for Waterfowl in California and Washington, D.C.

Legislative Affairs


Our Approach

Building strong relationships is central to CWA’s public policy work. Actions include monitoring and taking action on state and federal bills, influencing waterfowl regulations, coalition-building with our conservation partners, commenting on land management and public use plans, testifying at public hearings, coordinating grassroots action, working with legislators to help write bill language, and, on rare occasions, battling issues in court.


Local to National

Ensuring that public policies are supportive of waterfowl, conservation, and hunting sets the stage for accomplishing CWA’s program goals. We influence legislative and regulatory decisions that are made at the regional, state, and federal levels. Supportive public agencies, effective partnerships, and informed decision-makers are all vital for success.


Key Issues

CWA advocates programs that benefit waterfowl and wetlands and preserve our hunting traditions. Issues include wetland water supplies, waterfowl habitat programs and funding, public hunting programs, waterfowl conservation on private lands, science-based waterfowl regulations, protection of sporting firearms and munitions, the use of dogs in hunting and more. 


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Let Your Voice be Heard

CWA has two separate committees dedicated to waterfowl hunting.  Any current CWA members are encouraged to participate and provide input.  (Voting members of the committees must, however, first be approved by the CWA Board.)  Most meetings are held in the Sacramento area, but conference call opportunities are also typically provided.


CWA Regulations and Traditions Committee meets twice a year (usually in early August and mid-November) to develop waterfowl seasons and bag limits recommendations, which, after approval of the CWA Board, are then communicated to the California Fish and Game Commission by CWA staff.  For more information, please contact the Committee Chair, Frank Billeci, at


CWA Public Lands Hunters Committee meets 2-4 times per year to develop recommendations and other input  to the California Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on public hunt programs for waterfowl and other gamebirds.  The committee also helps draft hunter surveys and other outreach to better gauge hunter sentiment on public lands hunting issues.  For more information, please contact the Committee Chair, Steve Marvier, at


For other questions on waterfowl hunting regulatory issues, please contact Mark Hennelly at