Public participation is a key element in the approval of a state’s program for permitting. Not only is it important when the program is being reviewed for approval, but also when the state drafts a permit, negotiates rules, or proposes a settlement agreement. DEQ welcomes public involvement and participation along the way to help ensure that it is doing the job in listening to, and serving, the citizens of the state of Idaho.
After becoming DEQ’s director, one of the priorities I identified for the agency was continual improvement. To support that priority, we are now making an agency-wide effort to closely examine our work processes and determine how we can more effectively measure results to show the collective impact of the work we do.