EPA seeks comment on Red Lake Nation’s application to regulate water within the reservation

The public has been invited to comment on the Red Lake Nation’s application to implement water quality standards.

According to a release from the Environmental Protection Agency, Red Lake is seeking approval for authority to regulate water quality for all surface water bodies within the reservation.

These waterbodies include 135 lakes and 371 miles of river and streams.

The Clean Water Act and other environmental laws authorize the EPA to treat tribes in a similar manner as a state for implementing environmental programs.

Public comments are due May 11.

David Horak
Tribal Program Manager, U.S. EPA Region 5
State and Tribal Programs and Support Branch WS-15J
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
horak.david@epa.gov

A copy of the complete application is available for review on EPA’s public notice website: https://www.epa.gov/mn/red-lake-band-chippewa-indians-minnesota-application-treatment-state-water-quality-standards


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