DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit renewal for city of St. Maries
Monday, December 31, 2018
ST. MARIES - The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit renewal for the city of St. Maries in Benewah County.
The permit authorizes the city to continue operating a wastewater treatment facility and reuse system for another six years. It allows recycled water to be used to irrigate hay during the growing season.
As part of the permitting process, the city is required to show how it will address public health and environmental concerns, including methods of preventing surface and ground water contamination.
The draft permit specifies buffer zones around the irrigation site, hydraulic and nutrient loading rates, operating practices, and monitoring requirements established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment.
Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through January 31, 2019, at 5 p.m. PST.
The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s Coeur d'Alene Regional Office and on DEQ’s website (download at right).
Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:
DEQ Coeur d’Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814