Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Senate votes to nullify Minnesota wild rice water standard

More than 1,200 lakes and rivers in 54 counties contain wild rice, with concentrations of rice being the highest in Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Itasca and St. Louis counties.The Minnesota Senate voted 38-28 this week to nullify a water quality standard that’s meant to protect wild rice, a food central to the culture and diet of the region’s Ojibwe Indians….