In 2011, a massive open-pit iron mine was proposed in the headwaters of the Bad River watershed. A comprehensive water quality monitoring program was initiated on potentially affected streams. In 2015, the mining company withdraw its plans to develop the mine in the watershed. However, the land owner and mineral rights holder is continuing its pursuit of developing a mine in the watershed. SRWA seeks to complete its baseline water quality studies so that reliable benchmark water quality data are available to assess impacts of a possible future mine operations.