DEQ seeks members for Lake Walcott Watershed Advisory Group
Monday, February 05, 2018
TWIN FALLS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking representatives from the following industries and interests to serve on the existing Lake Walcott Watershed Advisory Group (WAG): irrigated agriculture, dryland agriculture, rangeland, operator confined livestock, local county governments, food processors, recreation, environmental, electrical power generation, irrigation districts, canal companies, and flood and drainage districts. There are 11 seats available.
The WAG is a group of citizens from a diverse set of interests dedicated to successfully restoring and protecting the health of the Lake Walcott, Goose Creek, and Raft River watersheds. These watersheds cover Cassia, Minidoka, Power, Lincoln, Butte, Blaine, Twin Falls, and Oneida counties, from which the WAG seeks to have diverse representation.
Key WAG responsibilities include the following:
- Advise DEQ on the development of water quality improvement plans known as total maximum daily loads or TMDLs for streams, lakes, and rivers with degraded water quality conditions within the watershed
- Help identify contributing pollution sources in the watershed
- Recommend specific actions needed to effectively control sources of pollution to water bodies
- Help develop and implement a plan to meet water quality targets identified in the TMDLs
Primary pollutants to be addressed by the Lake Walcott WAG are sediment, phosphorus, bacteria, temperature, and dissolved oxygen.
The Lake Walcott WAG will meet at least quarterly and members are asked to serve at least two-year terms. Persons interested in serving on the WAG are advised to contact Richard Bupp in DEQ's Twin Falls Regional Office at (208) 736-2190 or by email at email@example.com by Friday, April 27, 2018, at 5 p.m.