Is status quo the right approach for wild rice protection?

“State lawmakers have reached a compromise with Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration on legislation over wild rice protection,” writes MPR News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar.

The compromise will temporarily prevent state regulators from forcing companies to invest in new treatment technologies to protect wild rice.

At issue is a limit on sulfate — the water quality standard designed to protect wild rice.

Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, and other Iron Range lawmakers fought to prevent the MPCA from enforcing the state’s existing sulfate standards, which have only recently been enforced.

Today’s Question: Is status quo the right approach for wild rice protection?