On July 6, 2011, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians adopted Water Quality Standards (WQS).  One of the three key components of the WQS is an antidegradation policy, which protects existing uses and prevents clean waters from being unnecessarily degraded.  Under the antidegradation policy, each waterbody is assigned to a tier that provides a basis for addressing activities that would, or have the potential to, lower the quality of a body of water.  Tiers identified in the Tribe’s antidegradation policy include: Outstanding Tribal Resource Waters (Tier 3 waters), Outstanding Resource Waters (Tier 2.5 waters), and Exceptional Resource Waters (Tier 2 waters).   

New or increased discharges may be allowed in Outstanding Resource Waters and Exceptional Resource Waters if the applicable antidegradation demonstration and decision requirements are met.  Refer to provisions E.3.i., E.4.ii., E.4.iii., and E.5.i. in the Tribe’s WQS.

The Tribe seeks comments on the proposed antidegradation decision related to the Tribe’s New Odanah Water Tower Construction project designed by Indian Health Service.  The proposed project includes the construction of a 250,000 gallon water tower sphere and all necessary connection piping, security fencing, and gravel access drive.  The construction of this new water tower will increase the static pressure throughout the drinking water system and provided the recommended fire flow protection for the New Odanah and Diaperville communities.  The proposed project is located in the vicinity of water resources (i.e., tributary to Denomie Creek).  The proposed location for the project is north of Mishomis Road, east of the Nokomis Road intersection.  After the completion of this new water tower, two water storage tanks located in New Odanah will be dismantled and removed. 

To minimize the potential loading that may occur during the implementation of the proposed project, temporary erosion and sedimentation controls will be properly installed and maintained until soils are stabilized.  Additional best management practices (BMPs) will be implemented, including minimization of the workspace. 

As the Tribe’s New Odanah Water Tower Construction project meets the antidegradation demonstration requirements and decision criteria described in the Tribe’s WQS, the proposed antidegradation decision is an approval of this project if implemented in a manner consistent with conditions proposed to minimize potential impacts to the water resources.  Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Water Resources Specialist at (715) 682-7123 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Written comments can be sent via email or post office to:

Water Resources Specialist

Bad River Tribe’s Natural Resources Department

P.O. Box 39

Odanah, WI 54861

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Comment deadline is May 2, 2017.

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