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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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.


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)


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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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Recent Flooding on the Bad River Reservation

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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

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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.


RadonGasSymbolRadon is a colorless, order less,  tasteless, and  natural gas, that can develop into lung cancer in humans. Radon sources are usually found in the soils and can easily enter a home or building through foundation cracks and openings. With this year’s contest the Program hopes to encourage testing of every tribal home. TESTING IS THE ONLY WAY TO KNOW!!!


Every year the Bad River Tribal Indoor Radon collaborates with the local Boys & Girls Club, Birch Hill Community House and other youth programs to do a Poster Contest. This year the poster rules will be distributed March 2, 2015 and will ask that all submissions be turned in by March March 13, 2015 Below are dates and deadlines. 

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Emergency Management

What is Mitigation?

Mitigation is the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something.

Pre-disaster mitigation planning involves planning ahead to reduce the severity of natural disasters before they occur. Some examples of natural disasters include: flooding, fire, winter storms, tornadoes, and contamination, among others. The Federal Emergency Response Agency (FEMA) has provided the Bad River Tribe with a grant to establish a pre-mitigation plan for natural disasters that may impact communities on the Bad River Reservation. This grant will allow the Bad River Tribe the opportunity to develop a state and FEMA approved, and locally adopted, Tribal hazard mitigation plan. Our plan will help us prepare to take care of each other the next time a disaster hits!

Learn more about the Bad River Mitigation team members and status of the development of an emergency response plan.

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What is FEMA?


FEMA is an acronym for Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security. FEMA coordinates the federal government&#39s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror. It supports citizens and first responders to ensure that, as a nation, we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. On April 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the executive order that created the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Today FEMA remains committed to protecting and serving the American people.










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