DEQ seeks comment on water quality improvement plan for Kootenai River subbasin
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
COEUR D'ALENE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on proposed plans to address elevated temperatures in the Kootenai River subbasin.
Temperature is a key factor in the health of fish and other coldwater organisms. In the Kootenai River subbasin, recent analyses of water quality data demonstrated that stream temperatures are above recommended levels in Deep and Boundary creeks due to a lack of shade.
The Assessment of Water Quality in Kootenai River and Moyie River Subbasins: 2018 Temperature TMDL proposes to establish total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) designed to lower temperatures in Deep and Boundary creeks.
The recommended actions seek to bring the streams into compliance with state water quality standards and restore them to conditions supporting their beneficial uses, which include cold water aquatic life, salmonid spawning, domestic water supply, and primary contact recreation.
The document is available for review at DEQ’s Coeur d'Alene Regional Office and on DEQ’s website (download at right).
Submit written comments by October 12, 2018, at 5 p.m. MDT, on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83614