The state has agreed to move more quickly than it usually does toward limiting pollution in one northern Wisconsin lake as the result of a lawsuit filed by a tribe and a group of property owners.
The property owners dug into their own pockets to cover the $200,000 cost — usually borne by the government — of evaluating the lake’s water quality and the sources of the pollution. The Courte Oreilles Lakes Association and Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued to force tougher state limits on pollutants they say are threatening to cause the collapse of the lake’s two-story water structure and
the prized fishery it nurtures.
“We need a more protective standard because of the amount of phosphorus coming into the lake,” association spokesman Jim Coors said. “That would give us a little more ammunition to clean up the sources.”