Learn about the creation of the Council on Environment Quality and a 2005 survey of Devil's Lake in North Dakota. As his first act of 1970, Richard Nixon created the Council on Environmental Quality. He said the 1970s had to be the time when America reclaimed its air and water purity to improve the environment. He saw this council as a way to coordinate the various federal programs and would ensure all federal activities took the environment into consideration. In July of 2005, scientiests for the council took a survey of Devil's Lake in North Dakota to gain a better understanding of the aquatic life in the lake.
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