The Bad River Band already has the power to establish the standards for water quality that flows through its reservation, and where its waters sustain its wild rice beds.
To clarify, and emphasize: It's not up to the state, or the mining company, to set these water quality and usage standards.
The Journal Sentinel's Lee Bergquist spelled this out in 2011.
The Bad River band of Lake Superior Chippewa said Wednesday that the Environmental Protection Agency had approved its application to set standards for water quality on tribal waters.
The approval also allows the tribe to impose limits on water uses on others outside the reservation who live upstream...
One aspect of the regulations allows the tribe to ensure that the quantity and quality of water from upstream sources do not affect the health of wild rice – a matter of cultural importance to the Bad River.Any GOP legislator listening?