The Need for Water Quality Standards & Uses
Although Michigan DEQ water quality uses and associated standards provide a basis for summarizing LTBB's water quality conditions, Michigan's uses do not address all of LTBB's tribal waterbody uses, such as cultural uses, ceremonial uses, and subsistence fishing.
According to the 2014 LTBB citizen survey, water quality, rivers, and lakes was one of the top five issues that tribal citizens said need laws and regulations developed by the tribe. LTBB water quality standards would protect LTBB waters from pollution while addressing our specific tribal water resource uses. Our own tribal water quality standards will help to ensure LTBB’s waters remain in very good condition to support our cultural and recreational uses for the next seven generations.