EPA acts to protect Minnesota’s wild rice waters

Canoe in wild ricing waters

The “Environmental Protection Agency is emerging as a powerful ally in the years-long fight to get Minnesota to protect wild rice beds from sulfate pollution,” Stephanie Hemphill reported in Minnpost April 13, 2021. “Minnesota tribal and environmental groups have repeatedly pushed the state’s Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to address the issue. Now, the EPA has informed the state agency  that it is partially disapproving Minnesota’s most recent Clean Water Act Impaired Waters  list because it does not include any rivers or lakes loaded with sulfate, which kills wild rice over time.” Read further coverage in the Timberjay of St. Louis County, MN (online or as a PDF).