Draft Kootenai River Subbasin Water Quality Improvement Plan
Accepting Comments from September 12, 2018 to October 12, 2018
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.