While EPA gathers water, prairie chickens rule the western U.S. ///

American history is filled with well-intentioned laws and regulations that inexorably expand beyond their intended scope over time and result in unintended consequences. No presidency resulted in more clear examples of this than that of Richard Nixon (1969-1974). It is a little-recognized fact that virtually all of this country’s major environmental statutes—the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act—were either signed into law by President Nixon or conceived during his administration and signed by his successor, Gerald Ford.

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