South Fork Coeur d'Alene River Watershed Advisory Group (WAG)
Next Scheduled Meeting Date
Thursday, February 2020
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST
USDA Forest Service Office
173 Commerce Drive, Smelterville ID
WAGs are groups of interested citizens that provide local public input and guidance to DEQ during the development of water quality improvement plans or TMDLs for water bodies that fail to meet water quality standards. TMDLs are designed to reduce the levels of pollutants, such as bacteria and sediment, in impaired water bodies.
The South Fork Coeur d'Alene River WAG is not part of the Superfund cleanup, although many of the water quality issues are related. Many groups, such as the Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission, address the Superfund cleanup of metals. Instead, the WAG will focus primarily on other water quality concerns such as sediment and temperature.
DEQ developed the South Fork Coeur d'Alene River Sediment Subbasin Assessment and Total Maximum Daily Load that was approved by EPA in August 2003. The South Fork Coeur d'Alene River WAG and DEQ will plan and implement water quality improvement projects to achieve targets set by the existing TMDLs. Additionally, TMDLs addressing temperature will be developed for waterbodies in the subbasin not fully supporting beneficial uses.
Currently, DEQ is compiling water quality data and talking with people who may be interested in participating in the WAG. If you are interested in participating or have questions, contact the watershed coordinator. Meeting announcements and other WAG materials will be posted on this web page.
Note: Content on this page is provided for informational purposes as the WAG and DEQ develop and implement water quality plans for the South Fork Coeur d'Alene River watershed. All review documents are considered draft and are subject to change. The goal of providing these documents at WAG meetings and on this webpage is to ensure citizens have an opportunity to provide input as the documents are developed.