DEQ extends public comment period on statewide water quality status report
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
BOISE — The Idaho Department ofEnvironmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the public comment period on its draft 2012 status report on water quality in Idaho’s rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs.
Interested parties now have until 5 p.m. MDT, Friday, August 9, 2013, to submit written comments on the draft 2012 Integrated Report.
The document includes information on policies affecting water quality assessment and reporting in the state, water bodies proposed for delisting from the state’s lists of impaired waters, current assessment efforts, and monitoring results. It also includes the categorized lists showing the current status of all state waters.
The draft report serves as a guide for DEQ to manage water quality in the state and prioritize its development of water quality improvement plans known as Total Maximum Daily Loads, or TMDLs, which are designed to restore beneficial uses and ensure compliance with water quality standards.
DEQ developed the report using data and information DEQ had collected as well as information from other agencies, organizations, and individuals, including data and comments submitted by the public during the past five years (2008-2012).
The draft report and accompanying maps are available below:
- Draft 2012 Integrated Report
- Draft 2012 Integrated Report map of water bodies in the state (32" x 42")
- Draft 2012 Integrated Report interactive map
Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail, fax, or email to:
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
Fax: (208) 373-0576