The land, water and air are vital to all people, but they are the cultural center of life for the Anishinaabe. Our history and lifestyles are forever linked with the environment and each of us has a responsibility to help protect our environment from the onslaught of pollutants. As Anishinaabe, we carry the innate responsibility to protect our Mother Earth for future generations.
The Tribal Environmental Policy Ordinance (TEPO) was enacted to reflect the continuing commitment of the Fond du Lac Band to protect, preserve, and enhance the human environment of the Band homeland in a manner which is consistent with, and reflective of, traditional Anishinaabe values. The TEPO requires the Resource Management Division to conduct an environmental compliance review for all major Band actions. This review may include a Categorical Exclusion (CatEx) for projects with no environmental impacts, an Environmental Assessment (EA) for projects with some but minimal impacts, and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for large impacts or impacts that cannot be mitigated.
Projects which have undergone an Environmental Assessment are required to have a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) signed by the Division Director. The FONSI indicates the environmental review process has been completed, but is not an authorization to begin work. Additionally, after the issuance of a FONSI, a Notice of Availability (NOA) is signed and posted to indicate the FONSI and the EA are available for the public to review and comment. This 30-day public comment period begins when the NOA is posted. The Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Notice of Availability are posted for any projects for which the 30-day public comment period is open.