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DEQ to host public workshops on triennial review of Idaho's surface water quality standards

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will host three workshops this summer to provide opportunities for public participation in the agency's triennial review of Idaho's surface water quality standards.

Section 303 of the federal Clean Water Act requires states to modify and improve their water quality standards at least once every three years. This requirement is termed triennial review.

DEQ has prepared a list of potential water quality standards topics for consideration (download at right) and is inviting the public to review the list and attend the workshops to discuss these and any other topics of concern.

The workshops will be held 6-8 p.m. June 25, July 30, and August 20 at DEQ's state office in Boise and broadcast to DEQ's regional offices in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Twin Falls, and the Idaho Fish and Game regional office in Lewiston.

The June 25 workshop will include a discussion of the outcomes of the previous triennial review as well as strategies, priorities, and progress to date on the current triennial review.

Comments on information presented and other topics of discussion will be accepted for 30 days after each workshop. A response to comments document and report of triennial review findings will then be prepared and posted to DEQ's website.

For more information, visit DEQ's triennial review webpage at or contact Don Essig, DEQ Water Quality Standards Lead, at (208) 373-0119 or

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