Coeur d'Alene River Basin landowners urged to have property soils tested before program downsizes
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Basin landowners should contact the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to have their properties tested for soil contamination before the Basin Property Remediation Program is downsized.
Over 7,000 properties once contaminated with lead or arsenic have been remediated as part of the Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup project in Idaho’s Shoshone and Kootenai counties.
With fewer properties left to be cleaned up, landowners have only two to three more years to participate in the fully staffed program. After that, the number of properties addressed each year will depend on the number of landowners who provide consent to DEQ. Properties where young children or pregnant women live will be given highest priority and other properties will be on a first come-first-served basis.
Owners should provide DEQ with sampling consent forms. Upon consent, the program will sample soil and water and then remediate if necessary at no cost to the owner.
Sampling gives owners information about potential contamination so they can make informed decisions about managing health risks. Also, lending institutions are hesitant to loan on properties that may be contaminated. Sampling and remediation can address some of these concerns. Remediation often enhances each property’s appearance. Completing property cleanups also will help relieve truck and equipment traffic in residential areas.
Contact the DEQ Kellogg office at (208) 783-5781 to discuss eligibility, request consent forms, and receive more information about the program.