DEQ seeks comment on addition to water quality improvement plan for Potlatch River watershed
Friday, February 16, 2018
LEWISTON — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on an additional wasteload allocation in its plan to address elevated temperatures in the Potlatch River watershed in north central Idaho.
Wasteload allocations specify how much pollutant each permitted facility may release to a water body. The proposed change would include a temperature wasteload allocation for the City of Juliaetta Water Treatment Facility that was not included when the plan previously went to public comment in August 2017.
The Potlatch River Watershed Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Loads: 2017 Temperature TMDL proposes to establish total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) designed to lower temperatures in the following water bodies: Cedar, Boulder, Ruby, Moose, Corral, Pine, Big Bear, and Middle Potlatch creeks and the Potlatch River.
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 and secondary contact recreation.
The document is available for review at DEQ’s Lewiston Regional Office and on DEQ’s website (download at right). DEQ encourages interested parties to direct their attention toward the new wasteload allocation for the Juliaetta Water Treatment Facility presented in section 5.4.5. Though similarly named, the Juliaetta Water Treatment Facility is different from the Juliaetta Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Submit written comments by March 19, 2018, at 5 p.m. MDT, on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:
DEQ Lewiston Regional Office
1118 F St.
Lewiston, ID 83501