The Wild Rice Sulfate Standard was adopted in Minnesota rules in 1973 to protect our water and our cultural resources. Manoomin no longer grows in many waters, as a result of sulfate pollution and other development. The Standard has not been enforced, and making it more complicated now will have a detrimental impact.
The MPCA is proposing to eliminate and replace the Wild Rice Sulfate Standard. Up until now, the standard has maintained that sulfate should not enter wild rice waters in higher quantities than 10 parts per million. The new proposed rule would make a different standard for every lake and wetland with wild rice – an unbelievably complicated and costly rule to implement.
Come to Protect Our Manoomin!
Attend one of these meetings to make your voice heard:
St. Paul: October 23, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Harold E. Stassen Building (Skjestadt Room): 600 North Robert St., St. Paul, MN 55101
Virginia: October 24, 2017 (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Mesabi Range Community College (Theater F100): 1001 Chestnut St., Virginia, MN 55792
Bemidji: October 25, 2017 (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Bemidji State University (Beaux Arts Ballroom): 1500 Birchmont Dr. NE, Bemidji, MN 56601