Natural Resources



The chipping contractor will drive most of the main roads and stop to chip any piles along these roads. This map (below) shows where the contractor will drive. If you have a brush pile to chip that is not along the green colored roads, please call Nathan in Bad River Natural Resources at (715) 685-7840 ext. 1555 to make sure your address will be on the contractor's list.

Firewise Chipper Map

The contractor will start on Monday, May 1st at Birch Hill and work westward each day. Please have all brush piled up neatly at the end of your driveway by 8:00 on May 1st. An easy way to make sure the pile is visible and easy to identify from the road is to hang a long piece of toilet paper on or above the pile.


If you have any questions, please call Nathan in Bad River Natural Resources at (715) 685-7840 ext. 1555. If Nathan does not pick up, leave a voicemail with your phone number and a good time to call you back.



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Bad River Natural Resources Department
Beach Monitoring Project


The Bad River Natural Resources Beach Monitoring Project was formed in 2011, using Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds granted to our program from the Chequamegon Bay Area Partnership. Upon finalization of the Bad River Tribe's Water Quality Standards, we became eligible for funding through the Beach Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act. The purpose of this monitoring project is to provide the public with updated information regarding the safety of our area beach water.


Water is routinely tested at Lake Superior beaches by the Bad River Water Resources program for certain levels of E. coli. High levels may indicate unsafe levels of other harmful pathogens (bacteria, viruses, pathogens) in the water. We use this information to ensure the water is safe for area beach enthusiasts. In the event E. coli levels exceed the Tribe's standard, we will issue an advisory for that specific beach. We will post an advisory sign at area beaches that show signs of contamination, email a Tribal wide advisory to all Tribal employees, and post an update on the Beach Monitoring recorded message, which can be accessed 24-hours per day, for your convenience. We will resample the beach until the advisory can be removed.  For more information on signage and sampling, click here.

Monitored Beaches
Madigan Beach
Waverly Beach
Joe Rose Beach
Bad River Mouth East
Bad River Mouth West
Second Landing
Sand Cut Beach
Amnicon Bay (Madeline Island)


Bad River Mouth

Beach Monitoring Project Update Recorded Message: 715-685-7870


Example Advisory Sign

Contact Us:
NR Outreach Coordinator
Bad River Natural Resources Department
Chief Blackbird Center
P.O. Box 39
Odanah, WI 54861
(715)-682-7123 ext. 1589
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It is the Bad River Tribal Natural Resource Department's (BRNRD) responsibility (as stated in the NRD's Mission Statement) to provide technical assistance to the Bad River Tribe in the protection, conservation, development and management of the natural resources throughout the Bad River Reservation and its treaty fishing waters in Lake Superior, thereby ensuring access to traditional pursuits by present and future members of the Tribe. The following pipeline information is provided to you by the BRNRD:


Pipelines within the Bad River Reservation*

    • Map A:  Pipelines by Company (pdf)
    • Map B:  Pipelines by Product Type (pdf)
    • Map C:  Pipelines by Right-of-Way (ROW) Expiration Date (pdf)
    • Map D:  Pipelines by Installation Date (pdf)


Enbridge Line 5 Through Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest*

    • Map A:  Resource Conditions (pdf)
    • Map B:  Awasiinyag Potential Wildlife Impacts (pdf)
    • Map C:  Nibi Water Resources (pdf)
    • Map D:  Ziiga'andan Potential Drainages (pdf)


Water Sampling*

    • BRNRD Surface Water Sampling Sites from the Last 5 Years (pdf)
    • BRNRD Surface Water Sampling (1997-2016) (pdf)

Land Ownership*

    • Tribal and Individual Allotments with Expired (2013) Enbridge Line 5 Right-of-Way (pdf)

Pipeline Informational Fact Sheets

Bad River Community Informational Pipeline Meetings 

    • The BRNRD held the first of a series of Community Informational Pipeline Meetings on December 15, 2016 at the Bad River Casino Convention Center. (flyer)

*High resolution printouts available upon request, contact GIS & Map services in-person or via email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Recent Flooding on the Bad River Reservation

Flooded House

The reservation experienced severe flooding Monday, July 11, 2016, through Thursday, July 14, 2016, as a result of a series of thunderstorms. The Bad River broke records with a rise of 27.28 feet. Just a week later, on July 21, another line of thunderstorms moved through the area toppling trees and downing power lines. Flooding has caused the destruction of roads, bridges, community facilities, trails and recreation areas.Bad River

More than 46 homes within reservation boundaries have been affected by flooding, ten of which have been totally destroyed. The flooding cut off the reservation from regular routes to food, water, and medical supplies. As of July 25, damage estimates stand at $1,104,000. The Tribe is continuing to work cooperatively with other agencies to further assess damages. Governor Scott Walker will determine if the state will request a federal disaster declaration.

Response to Flooding on the Bad River Reservation

Response to the recent flooding and power outages was swift and thorough. Many community members and volunteers donated time and resources. A command center was set up in the Casino. Information was made available via a link on the Tribal website, email postings, and a ‘Bad River Flood Command Center’ Facebook page. Maps of road closures and conditions were continually updated and made available. Meals were provided at the Bad River Community Center for flood victims and community members. Bad River Social & Family Services received donations of food, water, and cleaning supplies from across Indian Country, and other communities. These are just a few of the many ways people responded to assist with the flood and subsequent power outage.


A floodplain is the land adjoining a river, stream, lake, or other water course or water body that is susceptible to flooding. The last floodplain analysis on the Reservation was done in 1985, covering the area around Odanah. An updated and more comprehensive floodplain analysis would be helpful in mitigation planning. Modern floodplain mapping is done using LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology. LIDAR collects elevation data quickly, and accurately. For more information on LIDAR, contact Suzi Smith, Bad River Natural Resources Dept. GIS Specialist









Wisconsin Public Radio News

Mp32-24-2015: Bad River Class I Redesignation



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Tribal Mitigation Planning Team

A Tribal Mitigation Planning Team has been established. You can become involved by completing the attached survey, or participating in forthcoming community events, to talk about risks and potential strategies.

For questions or comments contact:

Tony Corbine, Grant Administrator
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715-682-7123 x 1560

Suzi Smith, GIS Specialist
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715-682-7123 x 1559

  • Ben Connors, Tribal Roads
  • Jim Stone, Tribal Fire Dept./GLIFWC Warden
  • Debra Tutor, Health Clinic Admin.
  • John Patrick, Tribal Conservation Warden
  • Deb Morrissey, Housing Authority
  • John Prohaska, BRNRD Environmental Compliance
  • Jerry Anderson, White River Township
  • Marty Maynes, IHS Health Officer
  • Lloyd Hartwell, Transit Manager
  • Luis Salas, Chairman, Town of Sanborn
  • Mike Morrissey, Tribal Facilities Manager
  • Neil Bigboy, BRNRD Warden
  • Pam Feustel, Community Health Nurse
  • Lissa Radke, BRNRD Environmental Specialist
  • Patrick Colgrove, Gingles Township
  • Nathan Kilger, BRNRD Air Quality Specialist
  • Phil Livingston, Tribal Water & Sewer
  • Tony Corbine, Team Planner/Writer

The Tribal Mitigation Planning Team (TMPT) has identified and rated natural hazards that threaten the Bad River Reservation. Winter snow and ices storms were rated severe. Natural hazards rated as high risk include: severe thunder storms and high winds, flooding, and wild fires. Dam or levee failure risk is rated as moderate. The risk of tornadoes and drought is classified as slight.

The TMPT also identified, and taken into consideration, significant damage causing events that have occurred on the Reservation, or in close proximity, since 1949. The next step for the TMPT is to work with communities to come up with mitigation strategies.

Steps of the Bad River Pre-Disaster Mitigation Planning Process

The mitigation planning process consists of 6 steps.

  1. Planning - Set up Tribal Mitigation Planning Team, and support personnel.
  2. Risk Assessment - Determine vulnerability of each community to natural hazards and disasters.
  3. Strategizing - Document plans to reduce or prevent structural damage and human health hazards.
  4. State of Wisconsin Review - Ensure compliance of the Tribal pre-disaster mitigation plan with WEMA criteria.
  5. Schedule a Maintenance Plan - Determine how often the plan will be updated, and which Tribal Program or Office will be responsible.
  6. Approval, Adoption, Implementation - Tribal Council, FEMA, and State of Wisconsin approve the plan. Strategies are implemented with additional state funding.

Currently, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Process is at step 2, the Risk Assessment phase.



Treatment in the Same Manner as a State (TAS)

Through section 301(d) of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, Congress directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prepare regulations that would specify those sections of the Act for which Indian Tribes could be given authority over all air resources within the exterior boundaries of a reservation in the same manner as states are given authority over air resources within state boundaries. However, while states are required to administer all sections of the Act, Tribes can choose which sections of the Act they would like the authority to implement.

          --> Link: Clean Air Act § 301(d)


Tribal Authority Rule (TAR)

The U.S. EPA finalized the Tribal Authority Rule (TAR) in February 1998 (40 C.F.R. § 49.6) that outlines the application process that a Tribe must follow to acquire TAS status.

The applicant must provide the following statements and descriptions:

  • that the applicant is an Indian Tribe recognized by the Secretary of the Interior
  • demonstration that the applicant is currently carrying out substantial governmental duties and powers over a defined area
  • the Indian Tribe's authority to regulate air quality
  • capability of the Tribe to effectively adminster any Clean Air Act program for which the Tribe is seeking approval


          --> Link: Federal Register publication of the Tribal Authority Rule



Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa's TAS for Air Quality

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa submitted the application in January 2004 for § 105 and § 505(a)(2), and received approval from the U.S. EPA in February 2005. These delegations enable the Tribe to actively participate in air pollution permiting and management.

Section 505(a)(2) Affected State Status: provides that a state issuing Title V operating air pollution permit shall notify the State/Tribe that are affected and contiguous, or within a 50-mile radius of the facility being permited, and provide the State/Tribe an opportunity to submit written recommendations.


Bad River TAS map



Bad River Air Quality Program 

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Emergency Management

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National Ambient Air Quality Standards were set across the United States in the Clean Air Act of 1970. To further protect public health and welfare, environmental health, and preserve and protect air quality, the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program was included in amendments to the Clean Air Act in 1977. 

The goal of the PSD program is to protect public health and welfare from the adverse effects of increased air pollution. The PSD program works to achieve these aims while ensuring that economic growth occurs in harmony with the preservation of air quality. PSD provisions do not affect current air emissions, the provisions are designed to prevent significant deterioration from baseline air quality. 

   --> Link: Information on Class I PSD


Prevention of Significant Deterioration Classes

The PSD program created three classifications:

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Class I PSD Redesignation Procedure

The PSD program mandated certain federal Class I areas when initially passed by Congress. In addition, the PSD program allows for States and Tribal Nations to redesignate areas from Class II to Class I or Class III. The redesignation procedure is described in 40 C.F.R. 52, § 52.21.

   --> Link: 40 CFR 52.21


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Bad River Class I PSD Redesignation

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa notified the U.S. EPA of its intent to redesignate the air quality status on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin from Class II to Class I. This proposed change will help the Tribe protect its air quality and allow the Tribe to develop land use plans that are compatible with Tribal cultural beliefs and its renewable resources.



Bad River Class I PSD Redesignation Documents

Documents concerning the redesignation of the Bad River Reservation are available as digital documents. Click the PDF icon to open the document, or right-click to download the file.


Class I Analysis PDF icon  Bad River Band's Class I Redesignation Analysis - posted on 1/16/2015

Class I Analysis PDF icon  Class I Redesignation Notice PDF

Class I Analysis PDF icon  Brief summaries of the core components of the Class I Redesignation Analysis



Locations of the Class I Redesignation Analysis document

Printed copies of the Class I Analysis document have been placed in libraries surrounding the Bad River Reservation. The following libraries each have a copy of the document for public review:

Please click the name of each library to be directed to that library's website to obtain the library's address and hours of operation. 



Bad River Class I PSD Redesignation Timeline

As part of the redesignation process, a public hearing will be scheduled and a public comment period will be opened. Public hearing dates have been posted on 16 January 2015.


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Submission of Comments

Comments may be given orally at either of the two public hearings. Written comments may be submitted at any time during the open comment period, either via mail or email. Oral comments will be given equal weight as written comments.

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Bad River Air Quality Program 

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National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)