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Six good things Richard Nixon did for the environment

By: Shea Gunther on Feb. 26, 2010, 12:44 p.m.
Signed the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974

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Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974

The Safe Drinking Water Act — which was proposed by Nixon and passed by Congress in 1974 but actually signed by President Gerald Ford — was a turning pointing in the effort to protect the nation's lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands and other bodies of water. It was fundamental in protecting water and the public drinking water suppy in the name of public health. The law requires actions to protect drinking water and a its sources, including reservoirs, springs and groundwater wells.