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Public Notice: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Application for Treatment as a State for Water Quality Standards

Publish Date: 04/08/2019

Summary

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) of Michigan has applied to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop and administer water quality standards. Approval of the application would allow KBIC to adopt, review, and revise water quality standards and to certify that discharges comply with those water quality standards for all surface waters within KBIC’s L’Anse Reservation. Those waters for which KBIC proposes to establish water quality standards include the following named waters (and their tributaries) that occur within those areas: Bella Lake Creek; Bishop Lake; Camp Creek; Dakota Creek; Daults Creek; Dead Man's Creek; Denomie Creek; Gomanche Creek (and its tributaries); Kallio Creek; Kelsey Creek; Laughs/Laws/Lost Lake; Linden Creek; Little Carp River; Little Silver Creek; Meadow Creek; Mud Lakes and Sloughs; Page Creek; Pekkala Creek; Pequaming Sloughs and Wetland; Pinery Lakes; Robillard Creek; Sand Point Sloughs; Silver River (and its tributaries); Third Lake (including its inlet creek); Unlabeled #1 Creek into Huron Bay; Unlabeled # 2 Creek into Huron Bay; and Unlabeled # 3 Creek into Huron Bay, and tributaries for those water bodies, and excluding the beds or waters of the Keweenaw Bay.  

For More Information

The following document answers frequently asked questions about how tribes can become eligible to be treated in a similar manner as states for the water quality standards and water quality certification programs under the Clean Water Act, and how tribes would administer these programs.  Frequently Asked Questions about TAS for the Water Quality Standards program (PDF)(8 pp, 451 K, September 2017, EPA 820-F-17-020)

Hard copies of the complete application with supporting maps are also available for review at the following locations:

Baraga County Clerk
2 S. Main
L’Anse, MI 49946
KBIC Tribal Center
16429 Bear Town Road
Baraga, MI 49908
KBIC Tribal Court
16429 Bear Town Road
Baraga, MI  49908
U.S. EPA Region 5
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Covington Township
12898 HWY M28
Covington, MI 49919
Michigamme Township
202 W. Main St.
Michigamme, MI 49861
Skanee Post Office
13120 Town Road
Skanee, MI 49962
Board of Commissioners
Baraga County Courthouse
2 S. Main St.
L’Anse, MI 49946

Applicant or Respondent

KBIC Tribal Center
16429 Bear Town Road
Baraga, MI 49908