Wild rice

Dayton vetoes revised bill on wild rice water standards, announces task force to make recommendations on protection, restoration

Wild rice is “great for nesting, for cover for fish. It’s a good food source for waterfowl that migrate through.”ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Wednesday that he said would have unlawfully undermined Minnesota’s ability to enforce its water quality standard for protecting wild rice. Dayton, who vetoed a similar bill earlier, said in a letter…

The quest to save Minnesota wild rice – with floating bioreactors?

Native American tribes, environmentalists and some lawmakers are pushing for better enforcement of the sulfate rule, while mining companies and other lawmakers argue it should be abandoned.BABBITT, Minn. — An environmental engineer working with University of Minnesota-Duluth researchers is looking for a less expensive solution to protecting wild rice from mining pollution in the state’s Iron Range. Jeff Hanson has…

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….

MPCA urges judge to drop objection to wild rice rule change

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota regulators asked the state’s chief administrative law judge this week to reverse her rejection of their attempts to change the state’s water quality standard for protecting wild rice. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said in a 286-page filing that it has made technical changes to its proposal that should address the judge’s concerns. The MPCA has been…

Minnesota wild rice rule irks industry, environmentalists

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.MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency kicked off a week of public hearings Monday on changing a water quality standard that’s meant to protect wild rice, a proposal that has managed…

DNR: Outlook good for wild rice harvesting season

Wild rice harvesting season opens annually between Aug. 15 and Sept. 30, and wildlife managers say it’s shaping up to be an excellent season this year, according to a release Thursday, Aug. 10 by the Minnesota DNR. More than 1,200 lakes and rivers in 54 counties contain wild rice, with concentrations of rice being the highest in Aitkin, Cass, Crow…