Protecting Public Health and the Environment.
Vehicle exhaust is a major source of air pollution in Idaho. Everyone can help prevent air pollution through good driving habits. The best way to reduce vehicle emissions is by driving less.
The best way to manage wastes is to reduce or eliminate them in the first place.
Note: The laws and rules regarding generating, storing, transporting, recycling, and disposing of hazardous wastes are stringent. As a governing body, you are required to comply with state and federal hazardous waste laws. Be sure to carefully review the laws before embarking on any hazardous waste programs for your community.
Work to protect both the quantity and quality of your water.
Take measures to protect water at your own facilities.
Encourage water conservation in your community.
Stormwater runoff is a major source of water pollution. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away pollutants such as sediment, chemicals and toxics and deposits them into nearby surface waters. Control of polluted runoff can be a complex process. The effectiveness of many management practices is determined by a variety of factors such as land use, site conditions, cost, and maintenance requirements. To assist communities in selecting the appropriate practices for specific situations, DEQ has developed a source book that addresses the following seven sectors in which polluted runoff may be originated: agriculture, silviculture, hydrologic modification, mining, urban/storm water runoff, transportation, and marinas and recreational boating.
Changes in land use also can drive changes in local water quality. As the natural landscape is urbanized, the water cycle is shifted from its natural balance to more impervious areas that cannot effectively absorb or infiltrate rainfall into the soil, such as roads, streets, parking lots, rooftops, sidewalks, etc.
Communities throughout Idaho are encouraged to use site and watershed planning to integrate the broader application of comprehensive design principles that preserve the integrity of natural landscapes. Comprehensive and integrative land-use planning, when combined with natural engineering techniques, helps to preserve and enhance natural processes and/or features present on a site. This combined planning and engineering approach minimizes adverse environmental impacts and maximizes economic benefits in a community. Many of these measures also can enhance local ordinances by encouraging greater flexibility in the land development process.
Pollution Prevention Projects CoordinatorBen JarvisDEQ State OfficeEnvironmental Management & Information Division1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) email@example.com
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