Protecting Public Health and the Environment.
As the agency tasked with implementing the federal Clean Water Act in Idaho, DEQ is required by section 303(e) of the act to develop a Continuing Planning Process (CPP) that describes the ongoing processes and planning requirements of the state's water quality program.
In essence, the CPP is a description of how Idaho manages water quality. As the name "Continuing Planning Process" implies, a CPP is not a static document, but an evolving process that grows and changes as circumstances change. DEQ's water quality planning activities comprise a continual loop of the interrelated aspects of laws and rules, water quality programs, water quality monitoring and assessment, implementation of water quality maintenance and restoration projects, and ongoing planning. Inherent in these is continual feedback, public involvement, improvement, and change.
Federal regulations require that processes be in place to implement the following:
One tool DEQ uses to implement its water quality program is its Water Quality Management Plan, which is a compilation of the guidance and programs DEQ uses to implement the Clean Water Act. Each component of the Water Quality Management Plan is updated individually. The updating processes vary in their triggers, participants, and time frames, and the majority include public comment periods.
Federal regulations require the following that the plan include measures to achieve the following:
The plan also includes DEQ's administrative rules, various surface water reports and program guidance, water quality standards, and waste treatment laws and regulations.
Water Quality Division AdministratorBarry BurnellDEQ State OfficeWater Quality Division1410 N. HiltonBoise, ID 83706(208) firstname.lastname@example.org
Laws, Rules, Etc.