The EPA Targeted Airshed Grant Program provides competitive grants aimed at reducing air pollution in nonattainment areas that are ranked as the top five polluted areas relative to ozone and PM2.5 NAAQS. Idaho received targeted airshed grants for the West Silver Valley and Cache Valley.
With funding from EPA, we are partnering with West Silver Valley (WSV) communities to improve air quality and save residents money by supporting a variety of air quality improvement projects with the community. The funding for these projects is limited and only available through December 2021.
For more information about these projects or DEQ’s work in the WSV, contact the West Silver Valley Targeted Airshed Analyst at our Kellogg satellite office.
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A majority of the woodstoves used in the WSV do not meet EPA or industry standards. We will replace over 188 noncompliant woodstoves with EPA-certified woodstoves, gas stoves, pellet stoves, or electric heat pumps. This program allows WSV residents to update their woodstoves to cleaner-burning devices with little or no out-of-pocket costs. Homeowners work with their choice of a DEQ-approved vendor to determine which heating device will meet their needs. See if you qualify.
As of June 2020, we have replaced 157 older stoves with cleaner-burning appliances. See what your neighbors have to say about this program.
We are partnering with the Community Action Partnership (CAP) to weatherize 20 homes within the WSV and provide 15 tons of fire logs to low-income residents for emergency fuel. CAP provides 100% funding for home weatherization projected for qualified homeowners. For more information about the home weatherization program, visit CAP weatherization services. The CAP Energy Assistance website provides information on how to qualify for emergency fuel.
As of June 2020, we have helped to weatherize 18 homes in the West Silver Valley and provided 14.5 tons of fire logs for emergency fuel in the winter.
We are providing 75 simple woodsheds at no cost to residents in the WSV to help ensure dry wood is available during the heating season. Learn the Best Burning Practices for woodstoves. If you would like to apply for a woodshed, contact the West Silver Valley Targeted Airshed Analyst at our Kellogg satellite office.
As of June 2020, we have provided 60 woodshed to 30 residents within the valley.
We are working with the WSV community to provide a covered and secure area for citizens to cut and store wood to ensure it is properly seasoned. For residents lacking the space, this wood yard would provide an area to adequately store and dry their wood. We are also working with local church groups to potentially offer space to store and season firewood to distribute to elderly or low-income residents.
In partnership with the University of Montana, we are working with the Kellogg School District to integrate air quality curriculum into their science classrooms. We are working with students on citizen science and science communication, with a focus on PM2.5, cardiovascular health, and population health. The students conduct a research project based on the curriculum and then have the opportunity to present their findings to members of the WSV community as well as the science community.
We contracted with the University of Montana to solicit community participation to develop an outreach plan specific to the WSV. We have been implementing that outreach plan throughout the community. Below are a few examples of outreach that we have conducted in the valley.
- Participated in the 2017 and 2018 Pinehurst Days with a booth that provided information about the woodstove changeout program.
- Providing free moisture meters to WSV residents as a tool to encourage only using dry wood in woodstoves. The moisture meters are available at our Kellogg satellite office, the Forest Service – Smelterville Office, and the Cataldo State Lands Office.
- Participated in an episode on the Shoshone New-Press Podcast (SNP NOW) to discuss the woodstove changeout program. Listen to the episode.
We partnered with Shoshone Medical Center to purchase and install a large LED display to promote the Air Quality Index and burning requirements during open burning and woodstove seasons.
We are creating a mobile phone application to communicate with the WSV residents. This app will provide current and forecasted air quality, woodstove information, and open burning updates. It will also include recommendations to reduce air pollution from woodstoves and outdoor burning.
Coming soon mobile application download link.