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St. Joe and St. Maries Rivers Watershed Advisory Group (WAG)

Watershed advisory groups (WAGs) provide local public input and guidance to DEQ during the development of water quality improvement plans or "Total Maximum Daily Loads" (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.

Content on this page is provided for informational purposes while the St. Joe and St. Maries Rivers Watershed Advisory Group (WAG) and DEQ work to develop a water quality restoration plan (TMDL) to address temperature and sediment exceedance within the watershed. Through this cooperative effort and continued public involvement, DEQ's goal is to develop a comprehensive plan aimed at restoring all beneficial uses within the watershed.

Next Scheduled Meeting Date

Friday, December 5, 2014, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
St. Maries Fire Station
308 W. Jefferson Ave., St. Maries
Agenda

Background

The St. Joe River Subbasin (Hydrologic Unit Code 17010304) is a large watershed composed of both the St. Joe River and the St. Maries River in northern Idaho. The St. Joe River Subbasin lies within the counties of Benewah, Shoshone, Kootenai, Clearwater, and Latah. The subbasin encompasses approximately 1,183,000 acres (1,850 square miles).

The primary land uses of the St. Joe River Subbasin are forestry, recreation, and agriculture. The subbasin is home to the communities of St. Maries, Plummer, Fernwood, Santa, Emida, Clarkia, St. Joe City, Calder, and Avery. The annual weather cycle generally consists of cool to warm summers with cold and wet winters.

Landownership within the subbasin is mixed. The U.S. Forest Service manages approximately 50%, private interests own 40%, and the remainder is managed/owned by the Idaho Department of Lands, Idaho State Parks, Idaho Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe.

Review Documents

Previous Meetings

Date
Materials
May 18, 2012
Agenda
March 16, 2012
Agenda
December 16, 2011
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
October 21, 2011
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
August 18, 2011
Agenda
July 15, 2011
Agenda
June 17, 2011
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
April 15, 2011
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
March 18, 2011
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
St. Maries Creosote Site Presentation by Sandra Raskell
February 18, 2011
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
November 19, 2010
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
October 22, 2010
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
September 17, 2010
Agenda
Presentation
IDAH2O Master Water Stewards Presentation
July 16, 2010
Agenda
June 18, 2010
Agenda
WAG Operating Procedures
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
Coeur d'Alene Lake Management Plan Presentation
May 21, 2010
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
Assessment Unit (AU) use support classification in the St. Joe subbasin from 1998 through present
State and federal temperature criteria applicable in the St. Joe River Subbasin
April 16, 2010
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
March 19, 2010
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ
February 26, 2010
Agenda
Presentation by Tyson Clyne, Idaho DEQ

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Staff Contact

Watershed Coordinator
Craig Nelson
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83614
(208) 666-4610
craig.nelson@deq.idaho.gov

USGS Gage Data

Links to current discharge data:

Related Pages

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs): Water Quality Improvement Plans

Watershed Advisory Groups

Coeur d'Alene Lake Management

Nonpoint Source Management §319 Subgrants