Background and Full Story: COLA and LCO Tribe Proceed with Legal Action

Here is a full explanation of how phosphorous pours directly from the cranberry operations into Lac Courte Oreilles as well as how cranberry bogs operate, why they each take millions of gallons of water from the lake throughout the year to run their operations, and why currently they are allowed to return that contaminated water directly back into the lake without any regulation or permit. “Our goal in taking legal action in the form of filing for judicial review is twofold,” says Kris Sivertson, COLA board president and homeowner on the lake: (1) For the courts to take control of the timeframe for rulemaking, and (2) to have the cranberry bogs declared as point sources of phosphorous on the lake.”