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Milestones in Conservation

A look back at some of the most influential people and events in conservation history
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Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (DUMAC)—1970

Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (DUMAC) was founded in 1970 to secure key waterfowl wintering areas south of the U.S. border. This event was the culmination of three decades of effort by many volunteer leaders. The formation of DUMAC was another significant step toward fulfilling the vision of a continental commitment to North America's wetlands and waterfowl.

Clean Water Act—1972

Prior to this landmark legislation, wetlands had few protections under the law. In fact, many government policies encouraged wetland drainage. For example, the so-called Agriculture Conservation Program, which recognized tile and open-ditch drainage as "conservation" practices, once contributed to national wetland losses of 550,000 acres per year. The tide began to turn in favor of wetlands in 1972 with the passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which provided much-needed protection for many of the nation's wetlands. DU is currently working with other conservation groups to restore CWA wetland protections weakened by recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. 

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