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Several species of breeding waterfowl have been shown to be exposed to lead shot on the Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) Delta, Alaska. I 'seeded' experimental plots with number 4 lead shot to determine the settlement rate of shot in wetland types commonly used by foraging waterfowl. I resampled plots for 3 years, using a suction dredge to remove sediment in 4-cm layers. There was no consistent change in the proportion of shot recovered in the 0-4-cm layer among years or habitat types. My results suggest lead shot is available to feeding waterfowl for many years, and that exposure of waterfowl to lead poisoning will likely occur for >3 years after the use of lead shot is curtailed.