ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ducks Unlimited looks back with appreciation on the career and accomplishments of Rep. John Dingell after the announcement of his retirement following the end of the 113th Congress.
“John Dingell has been a champion of conservation, not just in words but also in deeds, throughout his career,” said DU’s CEO Dale Hall. “We will miss his leadership and his passion for the environment, but wish him the best in his retirement. When we look at the important strides the nation has made in caring for our natural resources we see the hand of Representative Dingell guiding many of the most substantial programs.”
Dingell has represented southeastern Michigan since 1955, and his impact on conservation during his service has been considerable. He was an architect of the 1972 Clean Water Act and a lead author of the Endangered Species Act. He authored the National Environmental Policy Act and championed the first international wildlife refuge crossing the nation’s borders — the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge — which was founded in 2001. He is a member of the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, a body that approves land purchases or rental by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and considers the establishment of new wildlife refuges.
Most notably, he was a co-sponsor of the Dingell–Johnson Act, also called the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, in 1950 that authorizes the secretary of the Interior to provide financial assistance for state fish restoration and management plans and projects.
The funds are obtained via a tax on fishing equipment.