Lake Superior Barrels Project

(715) 779-3650       37295 Community Rd. Bayfield, WI 54814
Lake superior barrels project Objective
The Lake Superior Barrels Project aims to complete a thorough and scientifically supported investigation of the barrel dump areas to obtain statistically sufficient factual information to assess the risk posed by these barrels to human health, the environment, and Tribal resources.

It is the mission of the Red Cliff Band to fully characterize the type and extent of Department of Defense (DoD) wastes, which have impacts on the economy, natural resources, and cultural uses within Chippewa Ceded Territory and to determine if further remedial work is required to preserve the rich natural resources of Lake Superior.

Further, the Red Cliff Band is committed to the restoration and protection of natural resources within the ceded territory, and is dedicated to working with federal agencies to clean up, restore and protect the ecosystems of the ceded territory. The Red Cliff Band is also committed to ensuring that the US Government meet their Federal Trust Responsibilities associated with the lands and waters of the ceded territories. Their goal is to allow for the full use and enjoyment of the protected resources and ecological conditions supportive thereof, without restriction due to contamination.

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project basics
  • The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is conducting an investigation of approximately 1,500 55-gallon barrels dumped in Lake Superior by the US Army between 1959 and 1962.
  • The barrels are from the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant and contain munitions parts and general production line debris.
  • Samples collected from the barrels help scientists evaluate whether or not the barrels pose a risk to human health or the environment.
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