DEQ seeks comment on draft hazardous waste storage and treatment partial permit renewal for the Radioactive Waste Management Complex Accelerated Retrieval Project at INL

Accepting comments from May 6, 2022, through June 20, 2022.

DEQ is seeking public comment on a draft hazardous waste storage and treatment partial permit renewal for the Radioactive Waste Management Complex Accelerated Retrieval Project (RWMC ARP) on the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

The draft partial permit specifies procedures to operate mixed waste and debris storage and treatment at the RWMC ARP, a restricted area of 166 acres located in the southwestern corner of the INL. Regulated units at the RWMC ARP consist of several buildings used for container storage and miscellaneous treatment and storage as well as multiple outdoor trailer container storage areas. These units allow for the absorption of liquids, removal/treatment of prohibited items, and visual verification of waste to meet Waste Acceptance Criteria at the Waste Isolation Pilot Project, the nation’s only repository for the disposal of transuranic waste.

DEQ has reviewed the partial permit renewal application, determined that legal requirements designed to protect human health and the environment have been met, and proposes to issue the 10-year permit renewal.

The draft partial permit, permit attachments, public notice, and fact sheet are available for public review on DEQ’s website and at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton Street, Boise ID).

The deadline for submitting comments is June 20, 2022, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit written comments on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Daryl Sawyer
Hazardous Waste Permit Supervisor
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Waste Management and Remediation Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706

Related Documents

Public Notice
Permit Fact Sheet
Draft Permit Modules
Draft Permit Attachments

DEQ awards $37,916 to Little Blacktail Ranch Water District in Kootenai County

May 6, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $37,916 in drinking water construction assistance to Little Blacktail Ranch Water District in Kootenai County.

This funding assistance is being provided to reconnect the water line due to road washout.

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $55,710 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation issuances.

DEQ seeks comment on draft State Revolving Fund Customer Handbook

Accepting comments from May 4, 2022, to June 3, 2022.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on the draft State Revolving Fund (SRF) Customer Handbook for Idaho’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Grant and Loan Program.   

The draft SRF Customer Handbook combines the four existing handbooks: Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Handbooks and the Applicant’s Guide to Idaho’s Public Wastewater and Drinking Water Facilities Planning Grant Program Handbooks. The draft handbook provides a single guidance for external applicants or recipients of the SRF program. This guidance also includes revised SRF forms, checklists, and attachments. 

Written comments on the draft SRF Customer Handbook will be accepted through June 3, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. MST. The draft handbook is also available for public review on DEQ’s website. A public meeting discussing the handbook updates is scheduled for May 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. MST via Microsoft Teams. Please use this link to register for this meeting.  

Comments and questions regarding the handbook should be directed to Nicolas Hiebert through DEQ’s Public Comment Form or by mail or email to:

Nicolas Hiebert, PE, Senior Water Quality Engineer
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
1410 North Hilton St., Boise, Idaho 83706
Nicolas.Hiebert@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Draft SRF Customer Handbook

DEQ seeks comment on draft Lower Clark Fork River subbasin TMDL

Accepting comments from May 2, 2022, through June 1, 2022.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality seeks comment on the Lower Clark Fork Temperature total maximum daily load (TMDL).

The TMDL addresses 14 Category 4a water bodies, comprised of 22 assessment units in the Lower Clark Fork River subbasin in northern Idaho. It describes the key physical and biological characteristics of the subbasin, water quality concerns and status. pollutant sources, and recent pollution control actions in the Lower Clark Fork River subbasin and estimates the maximum thermal load that can be present and still allow that water body to meet water quality standards (40 CFR 130).

The report is available for review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N Hilton Street, Boise, ID) and at DEQ’s Coeur d’Alene Regional Office (2110 Ironwood Parkway, Coeur d’Alene , Idaho).

Written comments will be accepted through June 1, 2022, Submit a comment electronically on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page or by mail or email to:

Craig Nelson
Water Quality Analyst
Craig.Nelson@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Lower Clark Fork Temperature TMDL

DEQ seeks comment on proposed termination of IPDES permit for Mountain Home Air Force Base

Accepting comments from April 27, 2022, through May 27, 2022.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on the termination of the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for Mountain Home Air Force Base.

Mountain Home Air Force Base applied to terminate the IPDES permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located on Mountain Home Air Force Base. The base discharges the treated effluent under the authorization of an Idaho Reuse permit, M-154-04.

The notice of termination request and notification letter are available for public review at DEQ’s state office (1410 N. Hilton St., Boise, ID 83706), DEQ’s Boise Regional Office (1445 N. Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706), and on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by May 11, 2022. Please submit requests for a public meeting electronically on DEQ’s website or mail or email to A.J. Maupin

Written comments on the termination request and response letter will be accepted through May 27, 2022, at 5 p.m. MDT. Comments should address water quality considerations, include supporting materials where available, and reference the Mountain Home Air Force Base and permit number (ID0027642).

Submit comments and questions electronically on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page or by mail or email to:

A.J. Maupin, PE
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
aj.maupin@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Notice of termination request
Response letter

DEQ seeks comment on draft 401 water quality certification for Twin Lakes channel dredging project

Accepting comments from April 20, 2022, through May 11, 2022.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on draft 401 water quality certification for Twin Lakes channel dredging project.

The applicant proposes to suction dredge the channel between Upper and Lower Twin Lakes to remove sediment, phosphorus, and organic material. In fall 2022, approximately 8,615 cubic yards of sediment and organic material will be suction dredged and pumped 2,000 feet via floating pipe to a treatment system and de-watering site at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game boat launch. The dredging footprint will be an “L-shape”; 50 feet wide by 1,800 feet long (west to east; southern-most end of the channel between Upper and Lower Twin Lakes) and 50 feet wide by 520 feet long (south to north; connecting the main channel to the boat launch). Dredging will remove the uppermost 2 feet of organic material and sediment from the channel floor.

Based upon its review of the certification request and supporting documents, received on March 17, 2022, DEQ certifies that if the permittee complies with the terms and conditions imposed by the permit and the conditions set forth in this water quality certification, then there is reasonable assurance the activity will comply with water quality requirements, including applicable requirements of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306, and 307 of the Clean Water Act, the Idaho Water Quality Standards (WQS), IDAPA 58.01.02, and other appropriate water quality requirements of state law.

The draft certification is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N Hilton St) and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through May 11, 2022 at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:


Chantilly Higbee
Compliance Officer
Chantilly.Higbee@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Draft certification

DEQ seeks applicants for nonpoint source management grant program

April 15, 2022

Contact: Julia Achabal, Nonpoint Source §319 Coordinator, Julia.Achabal@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE— The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking grant applicants for the 2023 nonpoint source management §319 funding cycle.

Section 319 of the Clean Water Act established a grant program that allows states, territories, and tribes to support a variety of nonpoint source pollution management activities, including technical assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology transfer, demonstration projects, and monitoring to assess the success of specific nonpoint source implementation projects.

Nonpoint source grants are critical to support water quality protection throughout Idaho.

Grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis. A successful grant must focus on reducing pollutant loads and  improving the water quality of lakes, streams, rivers, and aquifers. Funds may be used to address nonpoint source management and prevention activities:

  • Agriculture
  • Stormwater
  • Transportation
  • Silvicultural or forestry-related activities
  • Ground water activities
  • Mining
  • Hydrologic and habitat modifications

Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2022.

Visit DEQ’s Nonpoint Source Subgrants in Idaho page for more information about the 2023 funding cycle.

Postcard announcing DEQ's Nonpoint Source Management 319 Grant Application for FY23. Applications are accepted from April 15 to July 15. For more information, visit deq.idaho.gov/NPS

DEQ seeks comment on proposed Idaho Power Company settlement

April 7, 2022

Contact: Mary Anne Nelson, Surface and Wastewater Division Administrator, mary.anne.nelson@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — On April 7, 2022, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) filed complaints in Ada, Gooding, Jerome, Owyhee, Power, Twin Falls, and Valley counties against Idaho Power Company (Idaho Power) for violations of the Clean Water Act at 15 hydroelectric projects located on the Snake River or its tributaries.

The complaints allege discharge of pollutants to waters of the United States without a permit in violation of the Clean Water Act as well as Idaho Code § 39-101, et seq. and IDAPA 58.01.25.

In January 2022, Idaho Power submitted a self-reporting document describing the potential of pH, temperature, and oil and grease discharges from normal operations at the facilities from non-contact cooling water along with discharges from equipment and floor drains. DEQ reviewed the reporting document and determined that the facilities identified in the report did not have Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit coverage as required by law. As a result of the reporting document and negotiations with Idaho Power, DEQ is proceeding with civil complaints in county courts where the facility discharges are located.

In compliance with Idaho Code § 39-108(9) and IDAPA 58.01.25.500.04., DEQ is requesting public comment on the proposed settlement to the complaints.

The proposed settlement directs Idaho Power to submit applications for IPDES permits for the hydroelectric facilities and to comply with pH, temperature, and oil and grease effluent limits and monitoring requirements until IPDES applications are submitted. In addition, Idaho Power is required to pay a civil penalty of $72,870 for each hydroelectric facility named in the complaints.

Written comments on the proposed settlement, a court entered consent judgment, will be accepted through May 9, 2022, at 5:00 pm MDT. This proposed settlement may be amended or adjusted in the future, in which case, DEQ may provide for additional public comment.

The proposed settlement is available for review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St, Boise ID) and on DEQ’s website.

Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email:

Mary Anne Nelson
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
Mary.Anne.Nelson@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Consent Judgment
Consent Judgment Exhibit A
Fact Sheet

DEQ awards $37,289 to Arrowhead Ranch Water Association, Inc. in Bonner County

April 6, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $37,289 in drinking water construction assistance to Arrowhead Ranch Water Association, Inc. in Bonner County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to install a new pump and to cover planning costs associated with installing the pump.

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $54,861 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation issuances.

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permits for the city of Boise

Accepting comments from March 30, 2022, to April 29, 2022.

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on two draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permits for the city of Boise Water Renewal Facilities (WRFs).

The city applied for two wastewater discharge permits for its WRFs, located in Boise, Idaho. The proposed permits would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater year-round to the Boise River for five years. The permits identify the pollutants of concern and required limits for each pollutant or parameter, and monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance with the permits and protect human health and the environment.

Written comments on the draft permits and fact sheet will be accepted through Friday, April 29, 2022, at 5 p.m. MDT. The draft permits and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St., Boise, ID 83706), DEQ’s Boise Regional Office (1445 N Orchard St., Boise, ID 83706) and on DEQ’s website.

A public meeting announcement was posted on DEQ’s website on March 23, 2022. The meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on April 27, 2022, at the DEQ State Office (1410 N Hilton St., Boise, ID 83706). You may join the meeting in-person or virtually, for more information visit our DEQ’s Events page.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Lauri Monnot at the address below, or on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the city of Boise and permit numbers (ID0020443, ID0023981).

Lauri Monnot
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
lauri.monnot@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Lander Street Permit
West Boise Permit
Combined Fact Sheet
Lander Street Application
West Boise Application

DEQ awards $34,250 to the city of Potlatch in Latah County

March 28, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $34,250 wastewater planning grant to the city of Potlatch in Latah County. The grant is funded from the $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Little directed to DEQ on August 6, 2021.

The funds will be used to prepare a planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible project cost is $68,500, and the remaining $34,250 will be funded by the city.

Background

DEQ’s Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible wastewater and drinking water systems. These grants are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with the remaining cost is the grant recipient’s responsibility.

For more information about DEQ’s Planning Grant Program and to learn more about this year’s grant recipients, go to DEQ’s Facility Planning Grants page.

DEQ to host public meeting on proposed IPDES permits for the city of Boise

March 23, 2022

Contact: Lauri Monnot, IPDES Municipal Permit Writer, Lauri.Monnot@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will host a public meeting to discuss the proposed city of Boise Idaho Pollution Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Lander Street Water Renewal Facility Permit (ID0020443) and West Boise Water Renewal Facility Permit (ID002023981).

The meeting is scheduled for 5 pm on April 27, 2022, at the DEQ State Office in Boise, Idaho (1410 N Hilton Street). Interested parties can join the meeting in person or virtually. For more information visit DEQ’s Events page.

The meeting will discuss the proposed discharge permits and combined fact sheet, explain the differences between the 2012 permits and the 2022 proposed permits, accept written public comments, and answer questions from stakeholders on the proposed permit.

The permit authorizes the discharge of treated municipal wastewater to the Boise River for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and specifies associated discharge limits. Additionally, the permit specifies monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance, protect human health, and assure the integrity of Idaho’s environment.

The public comment period on the proposed IPDES permits opens on March 30, 2022, at which time DEQ will post the documents for public review. Interested parties will have until April 29, 2022, at 5 p.m. MST to submit written comments. For questions about the meeting or permits, contact Lauri Monnot at Lauri.Monnot@deq.idaho.gov.

DEQ awards $300,000 to Oden View Estates Improvement Association, Inc. in Bonner County

March 14, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $300,000 in drinking water construction assistance to Oden View Estates Improvement Association, Inc. in Bonner County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to develop an additional water source.  

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.5% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has $273,290 in principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent a $396,654 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation issuances.

DEQ seeks grant applicants for 2023 agricultural best management practices program

Contact: Julia Achabal, Nonpoint Source §319 Coordinator, Julia.Achabal@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks grant applicants for the 2023 agricultural best management practices (BMP) grant program.

The agricultural BMP program is designed to help landowners implement agricultural BMPs in high-priority watersheds throughout the state and help meet total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) objectives.

Eligible projects must address agricultural or ranching BMPs and be completed or show significant progress by June 30, 2023.

Projects are required to match contributions equal to or exceeding 40% of the grant funds. State funds awarded to a project cannot exceed $250,000, of which no more than 10% can be used for the combined costs of administrative expenses.

Projects can begin on July 1, 2022.

Applications will be accepted from March 14 to April 14, 2022. Interested parties should apply directly on DEQ’s Nonpoint Source Subgrants in Idaho page and include “State General Fund” in the project title.

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permits for the city of Boise Lander Street and West Boise water renewal facilities

March 1, 2022

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permits to the city of Boise for preliminary review.

The facility has 10 days to review the preliminary draft permits and combined fact sheet for any errors and omissions that should be addressed before the public participation period.

After the preliminary draft period has concluded, DEQ will revise the preliminary draft permit as needed, at which point it will become a draft permit for public review and comment. DEQ will formally notify all necessary parties that the draft permit, fact sheet, and associated application have been posted on DEQ’s website for public review and comment, per the “Rules Regulating the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program” (IDAPA 58.01.25.109). To be notified of the forthcoming posting, go to the DEQ’s Newsroom page and click the “Subscribe” link.

Staff Contact
Lauri Monnot
IPDES Municipal Permit Writer
Lauri.Monnot@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards $30,000 to the city of Teton in Fremont County

February 24, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award a $30,000 wastewater planning grant to the city of Teton in Fremont County.  

The grant is funded from the $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Little directed to DEQ on August 6, 2021.

The funds will be used to prepare a planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible project cost is $60,000, and the remaining $30,000 will be funded by the city.

Background

DEQ’s Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible wastewater and drinking water systems. These grants are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with the remaining cost is the grant recipient’s responsibility.

For more information about DEQ’s Planning Grant Program and to learn more about this year’s grant recipients, go to DEQ’s Facility Planning Grants page.

DEQ awards $110,000 to the city of Orofino in Clearwater County

February 22, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of two planning grants totaling $110,000 to the city of Orofino in Clearwater County.

The planning grants are funded from the $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Little directed to DEQ on August 6, 2021.

The city of Orofino was awarded a $65,000 wastewater planning grant and a $45,000 drinking water planning grant to prepare planning studies and environmental reviews that evaluate the current wastewater and drinking water systems and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost for the wastewater project is $130,000, and the drinking water project is $90,000. The remaining $110,000 will be funded by the city.

Background

DEQ’s Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible wastewater and drinking water systems. These grants are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with the remaining cost is the grant recipient’s responsibility.

For more information about DEQ’s Planning Grant Program and to learn more about this year’s grant recipients, go to DEQ’s Facility Planning Grants page.

DEQ announces public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on draft T1 permit for Gas Transmission Northwest, LLC – Compressor Station 05

Accepting comments from February 15, 2022, through March 17, 2022.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is announcing a public comment period and an opportunity for a public hearing for a draft Tier 1 operating permit for Gas Transmission Northwest, LLC – Compressor Station 05.

Gas Transmission Northwest, LLC operates a network of compressor stations that transmit natural gas from Canada to California along an underground pipeline. Compressor Station 05, located in Athol, Idaho, uses two turbines to power the compressors.

As a major facility, Station 05 is required to apply for a Tier I operating permit pursuant to the “Rules for the Control of Pollution in Idaho” (IDAPA 58.01.01.301). DEQ received the application for a Tier 1 operating permit on October 11, 2021, and is providing a 30-day public comment period on the proposed action.

For technical assistance on questions concerning this project or the permitting process, contact Kelli Wetzel at (208) 373-0502 or kelli.wetzel@deq.idaho.gov.

An opportunity for a public hearing may be provided if written requests are submitted on or before March 2, 2022. Written comments will be accepted electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email through March 17, 2022, at 5 p.m. MDT.

Staff Contact

Kelli Wetzel
Air Quality Permit Engineer
1410 North Hilton Street
Boise, ID 83706
kelli.wetzel@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Legal Notice
Draft Permit
Statement of Basis
Application

DEQ extends Sustainable Materials Management grant deadline

February 9, 2022

Contact: Ben Jarvis, Pollution Prevention and Continuous Improvement Lead, Ben.Jarvis@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — Due to an anticipated increase in funding from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is extending the deadline for project submissions for the previously announced Sustainable Materials Management Grant application.

Applicants now have until April 29, 2022, to submit an application. The maximum funding available to support these projects is expected to increase from $146,800 to $246,800.

The funding is made possible through a grant from EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, which promotes using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycle.

Previously, Sustainable Materials Management grant funds have supported projects that increase the recycling and reuse rate of construction and demolition waste, reduce food waste, increase rural recycling rates, and encourage yard waste composting. Emphasis for this grant will be placed on projects that seek to reuse materials or divert them from the landfill while demonstrating long term financial sustainability.

More information on eligibility, project descriptions, and proposal submissions may be found on DEQ’s Vendor Opportunities page. The original press release was posted on February 4, 2022.

DEQ announces $146,800 in grant funding to support sustainable materials management projects

February 4, 2022

Contact: Ben Jarvis, Pollution Prevention & Continuous Improvement Lead, Ben.Jarvis@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE —The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking project proposals that enhance or support innovative waste reduction or prevention.

A total of $146,800 will be made available to support selected projects for 18 months, starting May 1, 2022. DEQ is reissuing the solicitation after awarding $73,200 to Boise State to purchase and operate a food waste digester.

The funding is made possible through a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Sustainable Materials Management Program, which promotes using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycle.

Previously, Sustainable Materials Management grant funds have supported projects that increase the recycling and reuse rate of construction and demolition waste, reduce food waste, increase rural recycling rates, and encourage yard waste composting. Emphasis for this grant will be placed on projects that seek to reuse materials or divert them from the landfill while demonstrating long term financial sustainability.

More information on eligibility, project descriptions, and proposal submissions may be found on DEQ’s Vendor Opportunities page.

DEQ awards nearly $345,000 to eight drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

February 3, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award $345,000 to eight drinking water and wastewater systems to help the facilities evaluate system deficiencies and determine necessary upgrades.

The systems include: Garden City, Murtaugh, Rigby, Big Twelve Water Association, Oden View Estates Improvement Association, Inc., Central Shoshone County Water District, St. Charles, and Kingston-Cataldo Sewer District. These planning grants are funded from the $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Little directed to DEQ on August 6, 2021.

Garden City – Garden City in Ada County was awarded $71,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $142,000 and the remaining $71,000 will be funded by the city.

City of Murtaugh – The city of Murtaugh in Twin Falls County was awarded $37,500 to prepare a drinking water planning study to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $75,000 and the remaining $37,500 will be funded by the city.

City of Rigby – The city of Rigby in Jefferson County was awarded $40,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost is $80,000 and the remaining $40,000 will be funded by the city. 

Big Twelve Water Association – Big Twelve Water Association in Fremont County was awarded $45,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study in conjunction with the city of Island Park to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $90,000 and the remaining $45,000 will be funded by Big Twelve Water Association.

Oden View Estates Improvement Association, Inc. – Oden View Estates Improvement Association, Inc. in Bonner County was awarded $28,650 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $57,300 and the remaining $28,650 will be funded by Oden View Estates Improvement Association, Inc.

Central Shoshone County Water District – Central Shoshone County Water District  in Shoshone County was awarded $57,500 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost is $115,000 and the remaining $57,500 will be funded by Central Shoshone County Water District.

City of St. Charles – The city of St. Charles in Bear Lake County was awarded a $25,000wastewater planning grant for  and a $25,000  drinking water planning grant to prepare planning studies  and environmental reviews that evaluate the current wastewater and drinking water systems and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost for the wastewater project is $50,000 and the drinking water project is $50,000. The remaining $50,000 will be funded by the city.

Kingston-Cataldo Sewer District – Kingston-Cataldo Sewer District in Shoshone County was awarded $15,000 to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $30,000 and the remaining $15,000 will be funded by Kingston-Cataldo Sewer District.

Background

DEQ’s Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible wastewater and drinking water systems. These grants are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with the remaining cost is the grant recipient’s responsibility.

For more information about DEQ’s Planning Grant Program and to learn more about this year’s grant recipients, go to DEQ’s Facility Planning Grants page.

DEQ seeks representatives for the Kootenai Bay Watershed Advisory Group

January 26, 2022

Contact: Kristin Lowell, Senior Water Quality Analyst, kristin.lowell@deq.idaho.gov

COEUR D’ALENE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks representatives from various interest groups to serve on the new Kootenai Bay Watershed Advisory Group (WAG).

The WAG is a group of citizens from a diverse set of interests dedicated to improving and protecting water quality in Kootenai Bay in Lake Pend Oreille.

Water quality in the bay and the greater Boyer Slough watershed is impacted by year-round stormwater runoff, seasonal snowmelt, and nutrient loading, which flow directly into the Kootenai Bay.

DEQ is seeking participants from groups representing agriculture, mining, point source dischargers, forest products, local government, livestock, water-based recreation, environmental interests, and land management or regulatory agencies. Members do not need to be water quality experts to serve on a WAG. Individuals who live or work within the area of interest are knowledgeable and informed, and DEQ values community input.

Responsibilities of WAG members include:

  • Advise DEQ on the development of a water quality improvement plan known as total maximum daily load (TMDL) for Boyer Slough. Boyer Slough has degraded water quality conditions that may be affecting Kootenai Bay.
  • Advise DEQ on the need for and development of a TMDL for Kootenai Bay.
  • Help identify contributing pollution sources in the Boyer Slough watershed and the adjacent landscape to Kootenai Bay.
  • Recommend specific actions to effectively control sources of pollution to Boyer Slough and Kootenai Bay.
  • Help develop and implement a plan to meet water quality targets identified in the TMDLs.

The WAG will meet on a monthly or bimonthly basis and members are asked to serve at least two-year terms. The first meeting will be held in March 2022. The date and location will be determined, but meetings will be in the Sandpoint area. All meetings will be advertised and open to the public.

Please submit questions or comments to Kristin Lowell at (208) 769-1422.

For more information, see DEQ’s Watershed Advisory Group page.

DEQ awards $73,200 to Boise State University to support residence hall food waste reduction

January 6, 2022

Contact: Ben Jarvis, Pollution Prevention & Continuous Improvement Lead, ben.jarvis@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $73,200 grant to Boise State University (BSU) to purchase a food waste digester for the Southfork Dining Hall on the school’s Boise campus.

The digester will allow the university to process uneaten food from the dining hall, diverting an estimated 24 tons of food annually from the landfill.

The digester is part of the university’s larger effort to reduce waste generated on campus, beginning with source reduction and diversion. BSU has pursued numerous strategies in recent years to reduce total food waste and divert food to those who need it, including utilizing customer data to estimate the amount of food needed daily in order to minimize over-ordering and distributing untouched food to students through the Bronco BEAM app.

Funding for this grant was provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, which seeks to increase diversion and reuse of food waste, packaging materials, and building materials. Previously, this program has supported recycling and waste diversion projects from Idaho County, Teton Valley Community Recycling, the city of Pocatello, and others.

DEQ awards nearly $600,000 to eight drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

January 4, 2022

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded nine planning grants to eight drinking water and wastewater systems to help the facilities prepare planning studies.

The systems include: Bellevue, Burley, Wendell, Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc., Iona Bonneville Sewer District, Southside Water and Sewer District, North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District, and Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. These planning grants are funded from the $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Governor Little directed to DEQ on August 6, 2021.

Bellevue, Idaho — The city of Bellevue in Blaine County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $95,837 to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $191,675 and the remaining $95,837 will be funded by the city of Bellevue.

Burley, Idaho — The city of Burley in Cassia County was offered a drinking water planning grant for $102,710 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $205,420 and the remaining $102,710 will be funded by the city of Burley.

Wendell, Idaho — The city of Wendell in Gooding County was offered a drinking water planning grant for $50,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $100,000 and the remaining $50,000 will be funded by the city of Wendell.

Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District — Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc. was offered a drinking water planning grant for $20,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $40,000 and the remaining $20,000 will be funded by Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc.

Iona Bonneville Sewer District — Iona Bonneville Sewer District in Bonneville County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $60,000 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $120,000 and the remaining $60,000 will be funded by Iona Bonneville Sewer District.

North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District — North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District in Valley County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $64,400 and a drinking water planning grant for $102,000 to prepare planning studies that evaluate the current wastewater and drinking water systems and develop alternatives for any needed improvements.  The total eligible cost of the wastewater and drinking water projects are $128,800 and $204,000, respectively. The remaining $64,400 and $102,000 will be funded by North Lake Recreational Sewer and Water District.

Southside Water and Sewer District — Southside Water and Sewer District in Bonner County was offered a wastewater planning grant for $42,500 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $85,000 and the remaining $42,500 will be funded by Southside Water and Sewer District.

Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc — Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. was offered a drinking water planning grant for $42,500 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $85,000 and the remaining $42,500 will be funded by Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. and the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development. 

Background

DEQ’s Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible wastewater and drinking water systems. These grants are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with the remaining cost is the grant recipient’s responsibility.

For more information about DEQ’s Planning Grant Program and to learn more about this year’s grant recipients, go to DEQ’s Facility Planning Grants page.

DEQ seeks an irrigated agriculture representative for the Upper Snake Basin Advisory Group

December 13, 2021

Contact: Matt Woodard, BAG Chairman, woodardmatt560@gmail.com

TWIN FALLS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking an irrigated agriculture representative to serve as a voting member on the Upper Snake Basin Advisory Group (BAG).

The Upper Snake BAG consists of members appointed by the director of DEQ to represent stakeholder groups from 19 counties of southern and eastern Idaho. The BAG meets as necessary to advise DEQ on surface water issues and prioritize water quality 319 nonpoint source projects throughout the region.

BAG members are responsible for advising DEQ’s director on the following matters:

  • Priorities for monitoring within the basin
  • Revisions needed in the designated beneficial uses for water bodies within the basins
  • Categories to which water bodies in the basin should be assigned
  • Processes for developing and implementing total maximum daily loads
  • Members to be appointed to watershed advisory groups
  • Priorities for water quality programs within the basin based on available economic resources

Anyone interested in serving on the BAG as a representative of irrigated agriculture should contact Matt Woodard at woodardmatt560@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on January 10, 2022.

DEQ seeks livestock and grazing representative for the Middle Snake Watershed Advisory Group

December 8, 2021

Contact: Sean Woodhead, Surface Water Quality Manager, Sean.Woodhead@deq.idaho.gov

TWIN FALLS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking a livestock and grazing representative to serve as a voting member on the Middle Snake Watershed Advisory Group (WAG).

The Middle Snake WAG is a group of citizens from a diverse set of interests dedicated to successful restoration and protection of the health of the Middle Snake River between Milner Dam and King Hill. This area includes drainage from Rock Creek, Cedar Draw, Deep Creek, Mud Creek, Salmon Falls Creek, Clover Creek, and other smaller drainages. This area covers Jerome, Gooding, and Twin Falls counties, from which the WAG seeks to have diverse representation.

Key WAG responsibilities are to:

  • Advise DEQ on the development of water quality improvement plans known as total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for streams, lakes, and rivers with degraded water quality conditions within the watershed.
  • Help identify contributing pollution sources in the watershed.
  • Recommend specific actions needed to effectively control sources of pollution to the waterbodies.
  • Help develop and implement a plan to meet water quality targets identified in the TMDLs.

The Middle Snake WAG meets monthly, typically the second Tuesday of every month. Members are asked to serve at least two-year terms. Persons interested in serving on the WAG as a representative of the above interest group are advised to contact Sean Woodhead in DEQ’s Twin Falls Regional Office by 5 p.m., Monday, January 10, 2022.

The next WAG meeting is January 13, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at 650 Addison Avenue W Suite 110, Twin Falls, ID. If you are interested in the WAG and have questions, please join us at this meeting.

DEQ to host public informational meeting on P. Kay Metal variance

LEWISTON – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public informational meeting on a variance from a hazardous waste treatment storage or disposal facility permit for P. Kay Metal Lewiston, LLC.

A public hearing on the variance renewal will be held on January 12, 2022, in the Kokanee Room at the Lewiston Community Center, at 1424 Main St, Lewiston. Staff will be available to answer questions at 5:00 PST pm and the hearing will begin at 5:30 pm PST. In support of the effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19, persons wanting to provide comments may attend via telephone and video conferencing. Remote attendance is encouraged. To sign up for remote attendance via telephone and video conferencing, contact Daryl Sawyer by January 10, 2022.

P. Kay Metal is a lead recycling operation that produces lead and lead alloys in bar and wire form for a variety of uses. The variance would allow the facility to receive shipments of lead-bearing hazardous secondary materials (HSM) for reclamation from states that use a uniform hazardous waste manifest as a shipping document without obtaining a hazardous waste permit. The variance does not authorize receipt of hazardous waste, only HSM.

For technical assistance on questions concerning this variance, contact Daryl Sawyer at (208) 373-0547 or daryl.sawyer@deq.idaho.gov.

Related Documents
Public Notice
Variance

DEQ awards $1,197,800 to the city of Dayton

December 7, 2021

Contact: MaryAnna Peavey, Grants and Loans Bureau Chief, MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $1,197,800 low-interest drinking water construction loan to the city of Dayton in Franklin County.

The funding will be used to drill two replacement wells, install backup power, connect replacement wells to existing storage tanks, upgrade distribution lines, and add a flow meter.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water systems.  The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 2.25% interest rate, is payable over 20 years.

DEQ awards $169,600 in planning grants to Panorama Hills Water Company, Moore Water and Sewer Association, Inc., and cities of Notus, Paul, Rupert, and Ririe

December 3, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of six planning grants to Panorama Hills Water Company, Moore Water and Sewer Association, Inc., and cities of Notus, Paul, Rupert, and Ririe, to assist with drinking water and wastewater facility planning studies.

Panorama Hills Water Company was awarded a drinking water planning grant for $15,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study to evaluate the current drinking water system’s deficiencies and identify any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $30,000 and the remaining $15,000 will be funded by Panorama Hills Water Company.

The city of Notus in Canyon County was awarded a drinking water planning grant for $25,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $50,000 and the remaining $25,000 will be funded by the city.

Moore Water and Sewer Association, Inc. was awarded a wastewater planning grant for $20,600 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible costs of the project is $41,200 and the remaining $20,600 will be funded by Moore Water and Sewer Association, Inc.

The city of Paul in Minidoka County was awarded a wastewater planning grant for $25,000 to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $50,000 and the remaining $25,000 will be funded by the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

The city of Ririe in Jefferson County was awarded a wastewater planning grant for $34,000 to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $68,000  and the remaining $34,000 will be funded by the city of Ririe and the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

The city of Rupert in Minidoka County was awarded a wastewater planning grant for $50,000 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible cost of the project is $100,000 and the remaining $50,000 will be funded by the city.

DEQ’s Planning Grant Program provides assistance to eligible wastewater and drinking water systems. These grants are used to develop engineering reports identifying the most cost-effective, environmentally sound method of upgrading a system to achieve and maintain compliance with state and federal standards. Grants cover up to 50% of eligible planning costs, with the remaining cost is the grant recipient’s responsibility.

For more information about DEQ’s Planning Grant Program and to learn more about this year’s grant recipients, go to DEQ’s Facility Planning Grants page.

Staff Contact
MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for the city of Moyie Springs

December 1, 2021

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an IPDES preliminary draft permit to the city of Moyie Springs for preliminary review. The facility has 10 days to review the preliminary draft permit and fact sheet for any errors and omissions that should be addressed before the public participation period.

DEQ will revise the preliminary draft permit as needed, at which point it will become a draft permit for public review and comment.

After the preliminary draft period has concluded, DEQ will formally notify all necessary parties that the draft permit, fact sheet, and associated application have been posted on DEQ’s website for public review and comment, per the “Rules Regulating the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program” (IDAPA 58.01.25.109). To be notified of the forthcoming posting, go to the DEQ’s Newsroom page and click the subscribe button.

Public reminded to refrain from nonessential open burning

November 29, 2021

BOISE—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) remind the public to refrain from nonessential residential open burning activities as Idaho continues to make progress to rebound from the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 affects the respiratory system (nose, throat, and lungs) and gastrointestinal system. It can cause asthma attacks and can lead to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress. People with asthma are recommended to avoid asthma triggers such as smoke from burning wood or other vegetation.

To avoid additional health impacts, the public should take standard preventative measures to protect their health from smoke exposure and refrain from residential open burning (tree limbs, leaves, yard trimmings, garden waste, burn barrels and fire pits) and other nonessential open burning activities. If open burning is essential, please follow best smoke management practices.

Smoke from open burning can cause unnecessary public health and safety concerns:

  • Smoke inhalation can cause upper respiratory symptoms, which could be incorrectly attributed to COVID-19.
  • Smoke exposure impacts can lead to unnecessary testing or self-isolation.

Local ordinances may already prohibit open burning in your area. Prior to burning, contact your local fire agency and visit https://www2.deq.idaho.gov/air/AQIPublic/Map/OutdoorBurn to verify open burning is allowed.

DEQ, IDL, and DHW encourage the public to use alternative burning options:

  • Composting—Compost yard waste to recycle organic material and add nutrients back into the soil.
  • Chipping—Add chipped brush, pruning, or wood waste to your compost pile or soil to increase nutrient content.
  • Curbside pickup—Collect and separate yard waste, organic material, and recyclables and set out for curbside collection. Check with your local government or waste management company for local services.
  • Landfills—Many landfills offer free or reduced fees for yard waste.

Media Contact

Mark Boyle DEQ (208) 666–4607 mark.boyle@deq.idaho.gov
Sharla Arledge IDL (208) 334–0286 pio@idl.idaho.gov
Niki Forbing-Orr IDHW (208) 334-0668 Niki.Forbing-Orr@dhw.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for The Edge Resort

November 23, 2021

GARDEN VALLEY – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for The Edge Resort.

The resort applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located at 851 Banks Lowman Road, Garden Valley, Idaho.

The draft permit would authorize the discharge of treated domestic wastewater year-round to the Middle Fork Payette River for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and the required limits for each pollutant or parameter, and monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance with the permit and protect human health and the environment.

Written comments on the draft permit and fact sheet will be accepted through December 27, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST. The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s state office (1410 N. Hilton St., Boise, ID), DEQ’s Boise Regional Office (1445 N. Orchard, Boise, ID), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by December 8, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Rakael Pope, on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference The Edge Resort and permit number ID0030015.

Rakael Pope
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
rakael.pope@deq.idaho.gov

Please submit requests for a public meeting electronically on DEQ’s website, by mail, or email to Lori Flook.

Lori Flook
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Draft permit
Draft fact sheet
Application

Advisory committee makes final recommendation on strategies to reduce phosphorus pollution in Coeur d’Alene Basin

November 18, 2021

Contact: Dan McCracken, Coeur d’Alene Regional Administrator, Dan.McCracken@deq.idaho.gov

COEUR D’ALENE—The Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory committee made its final recommendation yesterday, ranking a list of 22 pollutant-reduction projects that are eligible for funding under Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will now work to develop contracts with each applicant with the goal of utilizing the full $2 million to support projects that reduce phosphorus and metal contaminants in the Coeur d’Alene Basin.

“This effort has been more successful than I could have ever imagined,” said DEQ Director Jess Byrne. “The level of interest we’ve seen in protecting the lake and reducing nutrients going into it is very encouraging and I think speaks volumes to just how important Coeur d’Alene Lake is to everyone in the area and the state overall. I’m confident that this is just the beginning of meaningful nutrient reduction projects within the Coeur d’Alene Lake watershed.”

“This exercise with DEQ and the committee has allowed us to take the challenge of phosphorus reduction to a tactical approach for the greater benefit of our lake,” said Committee Chairman Chris Fillios. 

In August 2020, Governor Little established the Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee, which was tasked with soliciting and reviewing projects that reduce nutrients in the Coeur d’Alene Basin. The committee received 27 applications, which resulted in 40 individual project proposals. Each underwent a technical review by DEQ staff based on the cost per pound of phosphorus reduced, the total amount of phosphorus reduced, and the overall timeline, among other criteria. The committee considered DEQ’s technical review and other factors in determining a ranking of a subset of the 40 individual projects.

The committee’s recommendation includes the following projects, though the final list is subject to change depending on contract amounts and remaining funds:

  • Sanders Beach Stormwater, City of Coeur d’Alene
  • Bunker Creek Outfall, City of Kellogg
  • Independence Point Stormwater, City of Coeur d’Alene
  • North Kellogg Outfall, City of Kellogg
  • Marmot Trail Stormwater, East Side Highway District
  • Coeur d’Alene River Stabilization, Kootenai-Shoshone Soil and Water Conservation District
  • St. Joe River Phosphate Reduction, Benewah Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Mullan Avenue Stormwater, City of Coeur d’Alene
  • Mica Creek Watershed Agricultural Sediment Reduction and Improvement Project, Kootenai-Shoshone Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Hill Street Outfall, City of Kellogg
  • City of Plummer and Stimson Lumber Company Municipal Wastewater Reuse Project, City of Plummer

Project recommendations will now go to the Panhandle Basin Advisory Group for concurrence and a final decision will be made by DEQ’s director.

North Idaho’s West Silver Valley reaches “attainment status” for fine particulate matter

November 17, 2021

Contact: Dan Smith, DEQ Regional Airshed Coordinator, dan.smith@deq.idaho.gov

WEST SILVER VALLEY —North Idaho’s West Silver Valley has been redesignated as “attainment” for the 2012 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) submitted a request for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the area based on improvements in overall air quality and a reduction in particulate pollution.

“We want to thank the West Silver Valley community for their efforts to improve air quality in North Idaho. This action from EPA recognizes the local residents who took a community-minded approach to this matter and the years of hard work that made this milestone possible,” said DEQ Air Quality Division administrator, Tiffany Floyd.

The West Silver Valley Airshed, which runs from Cataldo to Big Creek and includes portions of the North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River, has been designated as a nonattainment area for PM2.5 since 2015, meaning it violated the federal health-based annual standard for this pollutant.

With help from an EPA Targeted Airshed Grant, DEQ launched an ambitious outreach program aimed at improving air quality in the region. From 2016 to 2021, DEQ worked with the West Silver Valley community to upgrade over 200 old woodstoves to new EPA-certified units, installed 60 woodsheds, and partnered with the Kellogg School District to develop an innovative education program centered on air quality. Taken together, these measures have helped the West Silver Valley meet the NAAQS for the first time in many years.

DEQ’s Coeur d’Alene regional air quality coordinator, Dan Smith, expressed gratitude for the community’s participation.

“It was great to be able to help folks get a new stove and show them the best ways to burn. My favorite thing about this program was the time I got to spend with the folks up in the Silver Valley,” Smith said.

City of Pinehurst fire chief, Mark Aamodt, celebrated the improvement in public safety as a result of these changeout efforts.

“We’ve seen a reduction in the number of structure and chimney fires since the program began,” Aamodt said. “Replacing older, out-of-date chimneys and stoves has had a tremendous positive effect on public safety in the valley.”

Smith encourages the community to continue these air quality improvement efforts to ensure the valley’s air remains clean for future generations.

“As more and more families move to the Silver Valley, we need to help newcomers keep our air quality where it is today,” said Smith. “This includes burning dry wood, using a new EPA-certified stove, and following best burning practices.”

To learn how you can help improve our air, go to https://www.deq.idaho.gov/air-quality/improving-air-quality/.

DEQ seeks an agricultural representative for Southwest Basin Advisory Group

November 12, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks a member to represent agricultural interests for the Southwest Basin on the Southwest Basin Advisory Group (BAG).

The Southwest BAG is a group of stakeholders that advise DEQ on surface water issues across the 10 southwestern counties of Idaho and includes the lower Snake River, Payette, Weiser, Owyhee, and Boise drainages.

BAG members are appointed by the DEQ director and meet two to three times per year. State law requires the group to include a cross-section of interests, including agriculture, forestry, municipalities, industry, recreation, tribes, environmental interests, and the public.

Responsibilities include advising DEQ on:

  • Priorities for monitoring within the basin
  • Revisions needed in the designated beneficial uses for water bodies within the basins
  • Categories to which water bodies in the basin should be assigned
  • Processes for developing and implementing total maximum daily loads
  • Members to be appointed to watershed advisory groups
  • Priorities for water quality programs within the basin based on available economic resources

Members are unpaid but are reimbursed for travel expenses.

Anyone interested in serving on the BAG should contact Kati Carberry by March 1, 2022, and include a name, mailing address, phone number, email address and a brief description of involvement in water quality issues.

Kati Carberry
1445 N. Orchard
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0321
kati.carberry@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ releases 2022 IPDES Permit Issuance Plan

November 8, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today released the 2022 Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program (IPDES) Permit Issuance Plan for the upcoming calendar year.

The plan provides the regulated community, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other state, federal, tribal, and interested entities with information on permits being worked on for the next two years. It also prioritizes the facilities with pending permit applications and/or administratively continued permits under the IPDES Bureau.

On July 1, 2021, DEQ assumed delegated authority for storm water and federal facility permits and biosolids facilities in Idaho. DEQ also assumed delegated authority for municipal, nonmunicipal, and general permits on July 1, 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively. With this change in authority, biosolids implementation, storm water, and federal facility permits for discharges into waters of the United States in Idaho not on tribal land will be issued by DEQ in accordance with the phased implementation plan in the Memorandum of Agreement between DEQ and EPA.

Staff Contact
Troy Smith
IPDES Bureau Chief
troy.smith@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ extends comment period on proposed IPDES permit for the city of Deary WWTP

November 2, 2021

DEARY—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the public comment period for the proposed city of Deary wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) Idaho Pollution Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit (ID0020788).

Interested parties now have until November 12, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST to submit written comments.

The permit authorizes the discharge of treated municipal wastewater to the Mount Deary Creek for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and specifies associated discharge limits.  Additionally, the permit specifies monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance, protect human health, and assure the integrity of Idaho’s environment.

The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s Lewiston Regional Office, the DEQ State Office and on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

Submit written comments on the draft permit and fact sheet electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Jonathan Drygas
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Jonathan.Drygas@deq.idaho.gov

Note: This news release was originally published on September 22 and updated on November 2. The comment period has been extended at the request of the facility.

Related Documents

Draft Permit
Draft Fact Sheet

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Preston

October 26, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $40,550 to the city of Preston in Franklin County.

The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water facility plan. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $81,100. The remaining $40,550 will be funded by the city of Preston.

Staff Contact
MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to the city of Challis

October 26, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $39,400 to the city of Challis in Custer County.

The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $78,800. The remaining $39,400 will be funded by the city of Challis.

Staff Contact
MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit modification for Stonebriar Homeowners Association

October 25, 2021

MERIDIAN— The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comment on a draft water reuse permit modification for Stonebriar Homeowners Association.

The Stonebriar Homeowners Association owns a private municipal wastewater treatment and reuse facility, located at 8265 N. Stonebriar Lane in Meridian, Idaho, which is permitted for operation by wastewater reuse permit M-186-02.

The permit modification would remove the specified due date for a compliance activity requiring irrigation upgrades. These upgrades may be unnecessary as the permittee has demonstrated a substantiated intent to connect to the regional sewer district.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 North Hilton Street) and on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through November 24, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Lisa Knapp
Water Quality Scientist
1445 North Orchard Street
Boise, Idaho 83706
Lisa.Knapp@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Draft permit
Staff analysis

Idaho Takes Charge of Newly Upgraded Kellogg Central Treatment Plant

Project complete, Idaho “gets the keys” for the new, multi-million dollar Silver Valley community asset

Contact:
Anna Marron – IDEQ 208-373-0427,  anna.marron@deq.idaho.gov
Mark MacIntyre – EPA 206-553-7320, macintyre.mark@epa.gov

(Kellogg, ID – October 21, 2021) — The State of Idaho has officially taken possession of the newly upgraded Central Treatment Plant in Kellogg, Idaho. The recently completed $50 million project was undertaken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) and their contractor, Wood Environmental and Infrastructure Services, with oversight by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The project is part of the larger, multi-agency/multi-state Coeur d’Alene Basin Cleanup, underway from the Montana state line to the Washington state line in northern Idaho.

Begun in 2017 in an effort to reduce the volume of heavy metals discharged to Idaho’s Coeur D’Alene River, USACOE officials supervised demolition of several parts of the old plant while launching an upgrade to the remaining parts of the dated, aging facility.

Dan McCracken, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Regional Administrator in Coeur d’Alene, praised his staff for making this transition a reality.

“There has been a tremendous amount of hard work to get to this point,” said McCracken. “The number of people involved in successfully completing a project of this magnitude is truly impressive. I’m especially proud of the work done by our staff at DEQ to have the State of Idaho well-prepared to take on this responsibility.”

Rod Zion, Senior Project Engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers, welcomes the project resolution and management transition to the State of Idaho.

“The work that we’ve accomplished here represents the culmination of a lot of collaborative effort between the Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, the State of Idaho, and Wood Environmental,”  Zion said. “The project is a large investment of cleanup work in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin, and it’s been an honor to help improve the environment and the lives of people living here.”

According to Calvin Terada, Director of EPA’s Superfund Cleanup office in Seattle, the project has a two-fold benefit for the valley.

“This is a day to celebrate,” said EPA’s Terada. “The rebuilt plant benefits the local community in two important ways: First, by providing much better treatment of acid mine drainage from the Bunker Hill Mine. And second, by using a state-of-the-art system to intercept, collect, and treat the area’s contaminated groundwater before it enters the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River.”

The original plant was constructed in 1974 by Bunker Hill Corporation, the owner and operator of the smelter complex and Bunker Hill Mine at the time. In 1983, the Bunker Hill Mine and Smelting Complex was added to the National Priorities List as a Superfund site.

The new plant removes zinc and other metal compounds by chemically precipitating them in a sludge that will be disposed in an engineered impoundment area expected to last at least 30 years.

Prior to the upgrades, the plant’s water treatment capacity was approximately 2,500 gallons per minute, or gpm. The upgraded facility will be able to treat up to 8,000 gpm and is designed to accommodate future expansion to 10,000 gpm.

DEQ’s McCracken summarized by looking to the future: “Our new plant should significantly improve water quality in the South Fork. We’re ready to take the baton now and do our part to operate the facility and improve river conditions.”

Governor Little’s advisory committee begins work prioritizing phosphorus-reduction proposals for Coeur d’Alene Lake

October 20, 2021

COEUR D’ALENE — The Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee convened Wednesday to review 40 phosphorus-reduction proposals submitted by the local community and to determine how to best spend the $2 million provided under Governor Little’s Building Idaho’s Future initiative.

“We want to thank the public for participating,” said Bruce Cyr, a committee member representing lakeshore property owners. “All of us are in this room today because this means something to us. But it’s clear from the number of projects we received that it also means something to the people who live here.”

The projects fall into four main categories:

  • Reducing wastewater pollution from point sources such as wastewater treatment plants.
  • Managing stormwater that drains into the lake and its tributaries.
  • Addressing nonpoint source pollution such as sediment loading through bank stabilization, wetland enhancements, and other efforts.
  • Supporting research projects such as lake treatment options.

“Many of these projects are clearly beneficial,” said committee vice chair, Jack Riggs. “Anything we can do to help is better than not acting.”

To help the committee narrow down the list of eligible projects, DEQ staff scored each submission based on the cost per pound of phosphorus reduction, the total amount of phosphorus reduced, and the overall timeline, among other criteria.

“We only have $2 million to work with but this puts us in a good position to address future funding needs,” said Dan McCracken, DEQ’s regional administrator in the Coeur d’Alene Regional Office.

The committee will present a final list of projects and a prioritization recommendation at the November 17 meeting.

Media Contact

Dan McCracken
Coeur d’Alene Regional Administrator
Dan.McCracken@deq.idaho.gov
(208) 666-4621

DEQ seeks comment on proposed settlement action with Idaho Cobalt Company

October 19, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks public comment on a proposed settlement action with Idaho Cobalt Company for unpermitted discharges of mining adit outflow to the North Fork of Iron Creek.

Idaho Cobalt Company owns and operates the Iron Creek Mine in Lemhi County, Idaho. Through a reconnaissance inspection and subsequent on-site inspection, DEQ determined there was a discharge from one of the mine adits. This type of discharge requires an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit under the “Rules Regulating the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program” (IDAPA 58.01.25.102), and the company had not applied for nor had been issued an IPDES permit at the time of discovery.

DEQ prepared a consent order that directs Idaho Cobalt Company to apply for an IPDES permit or take steps to cease the mine discharge, including developing a preliminary engineering report, construction plan, monitoring plan, operations and maintenance plan, and record plans and specifications. In addition, the company is required to pay a civil penalty of $95,110.40.

Written comments on the proposed settlement action will be accepted through November 19, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. This proposed settlement may be amended or adjusted in the future, in which case, DEQ may provide for additional public comment depending on the significance of the changes.

The consent order is available for review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.) and on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email:

Brett Morrison
IPDES Compliance and Enforcement Officer
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
1410 N Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
brett.morrison@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Draft consent order

DEQ awards $27,000 to Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc.

October 13, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of  $27,000 in drinking water construction assistance to Hoo Doo Water and Sewer District, Inc. in Latah County, Idaho.

The funding will be used for initial well analysis, water hauling, and to pay for Idaho Rural Water Association emergency support.

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $36,777 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation issuances.

Staff Contact
MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to Drake Subdivision Property Owners’ Association of Domestic and Lateral Water Users, Inc.

October 13, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $20,000 to Drake Subdivision Property Owners’ Association of Domestic and Lateral Water Users, Inc. in Canyon County.

The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water facility plan and environmental review. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $40,000. The remaining $20,000 will be funded by the Idaho Rural Water Association and Drake Subdivision Property Owners’ Association of Domestic and Lateral Water Users, Inc.

Staff Contact
MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for The Edge Resort

October 5, 2021

BOISE The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to the Go Left, LLC – The Edge Resort for preliminary review.

The facility has 10 days to review the preliminary draft permit and fact sheet for any errors and omissions that should be addressed before the public participation period.

After the preliminary draft period has concluded, DEQ will revise the preliminary draft permit as needed, at which point it will become a draft permit for public review and comment. DEQ will formally notify all necessary parties that the draft permit, fact sheet, and associated application have been posted on DEQ’s website for public review and comment, per the “Rules Regulating the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program” (IDAPA 58.01.25.109). To be notified of the forthcoming posting, go to the DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page and click the ’Subscribe to this page‘ link.

Staff Contact

Rakael Pope
IPDES Industrial Permit Writer
Rakael.Pope@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES construction general permit

October 1, 2021

BOISE– The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for storm water discharges from construction projects of one acre or greater.

The draft permit would authorize the discharge of storm water and some non-storm water from construction projects of one acre or more within the state of Idaho for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern, the required limits for each pollutant or parameter, and monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance with the permit and protect human health and the environment.

Written comments on the draft permit and fact sheet will be accepted through November 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s state office (1410 N. Hilton St.), DEQ’s Regional Offices (Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Boise, Idaho Falls, Twin Falls, and Pocatello), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by October 15, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Michael Snider, or on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the construction general permit and permit number (IDR100000).

Michael Snider
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
michael.snider@deq.idaho.gov

Please submit requests for a public meeting electronically on DEQ’s website, by mail, or by email to Lori Flook.

Lori Flook
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Draft permit
Draft fact sheet

DEQ recognizes Alta Forest Products, J&M Sanitation, Republic Services, and Glanbia Foods as 2021 Pollution Prevention Champions

September 23, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is recognizing Alta Forest Products LLC, J&M Sanitation, Republic Services, and Glanbia Foods as 2021 Pollution Prevention Champions for their efforts to reduce the generation of pollution in Idaho.

Each applicant demonstrated how they incorporated pollution prevention strategies into daily operations, including reducing water and energy consumption, decreasing the use of acids and chlorine disinfectants, and reusing materials and products.

The announcement comes during the celebration of Pollution Prevention Week in Idaho, as proclaimed by Governor Brad Little, and during the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Pollution Prevention Act in which Congress identified prevention as the preferred method for reducing waste and pollution.

For more information on how to incorporate pollution prevention in your business, visit http://www.deq.idaho.gov/pollution-prevention/.

Award Summaries

Alta Forest Products— Alta Forest Products is the world’s largest producer of wooden fence boards. The company’s Naples, Idaho, facility has adopted many pollution prevention strategies, including a rigorous approach to reducing energy use, deploying a zero-waste policy that focusses on reducing wood waste and reusing wood waste products, retaining stormwater on-site to protect two local creeks, and improving milling processes to minimize hazardous compounds generated during mill maintenance.

“Alta Forest Products shows how the timber industry in Idaho can lead the way in achieving sustainability and reducing waste, continuing a proud tradition in the wood products industry that is foundational to Idaho’s economy and culture,” observed Ben Jarvis, DEQ’s pollution prevention coordinator.

To learn more about Alta Forest Products, visit their website at https://www.altafp.com/.

J&M Sanitation — J&M Sanitation is being recognized as a Pollution Prevention Champion for replacing two diesel trucks with two fully electric Class 8 Automated Side Loader garbage trucks on its Kuna residential collection routes. The company has reduced its air emissions by 75% and set a future goal of eliminating the company’s air emissions entirely. The deployment of these trucks is particularly impactful due to the significant renewable and low-carbon electricity generation used to recharge the truck batteries.

“J&M Sanitation is showing Idaho that the electrification of transportation is not a distant dream but a current and effective reality, even for the most rigorous and demanding jobs. Residents of the Treasure Valley will be pleased to be reaping the pollution prevention benefits of these trucks for years to come,” noted Jarvis.

The garbage trucks serve 800 homes in Kuna every day while lifting and transporting 18 tons of waste with nearly 20% of the battery charge remaining. Connect with J&M Sanitation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Waste-Management-Company/JM-Sanitation-Inc-586400404879654/.

Republic Services – Republic Services provides trash, recycling, and composting pickup service to residents and businesses throughout the Boise metro area. Previously recognized in 2011 for its deployment of natural gas-fueled garbage trucks, Republic Services is once again leading the way to cleaner air in the Treasure Valley by adopting a rigorous approach to sustainability and pollution prevention. Among its initiatives include the continued reliance on a primarily natural gas-fueled truck fleet, which has over 20% lower carbon intensity than conventional diesel-fueled trucks.

“Republic Services is committed to strengthening its relationship with the residents of the Treasure Valley by continuously improving its service and reducing the environmental impact of its operations. The company has been a perennial leader in demonstrating the value of conservation and pollution prevention and why it not only benefits its customers but is a financially sustainable business strategy as well,” stated Jarvis.

To learn more about Republic Services, visit their website: http://local.republicservices.com/site/idaho.

Glanbia Foods — Glanbia Foods is a manufacturer of dairy and whey-based products and is the number one producer of American-style cheddar cheese, the number one global producer of whey-based nutritional solutions, and the second-largest global producer of premixes. Their Gooding, Idaho, facility has implemented several pollution prevention measures that have allowed the company to reduce waste and resource intensity for its cleaning operations.

“Food processing is one of the most significant cornerstones of Idaho’s economy and Glanbia is demonstrating that it can be done more efficiently, with less waste and less impact on the environment. We are so happy to be able to celebrate the wonderful pollution prevention accomplishments in food processing, and hope that Glanbia’s leadership will spill over to other companies inside and outside of Idaho,” said Jarvis.

Glanbia’s most significant improvements have been the “clean-in-place” system at the company’s Gooding facility. Process improvements helped save 10 million gallons of water per year and reduced the use of cleaning acid by 40%, chlorine by 21%, and nitric acid by 13%. To learn more about Glanbia, visit their website at https://www.glanbia.com/.

Staff Contact

Ben Jarvis
Pollution Prevention & Continuous Improvement Lead
ben.jarvis@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ releases mobile app providing real-time air quality information to the public

September 22, 2021

BOISE—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is introducing a new mobile app, AIR Idaho, to provide forecasted and current air quality information to help protect your health during poor air quality episodes.

Screenshot of DEQ's mobile app, AIR Idaho.
DEQ’s new mobile app, AIR Idaho, provides forecasted and current air quality information to help protect your health during poor air quality episodes.

The AIR Idaho app features air quality information relative to your location as well as an interactive real-time map that displays data from over 30 monitoring stations across the state. It also provides a three-day forecast detailing whether the air quality is expected to deteriorate and if there are times when air quality is expected to be better.

“This mobile app puts air quality information at your fingertips so you can make decisions to protect your health,” said Tiffany Floyd, DEQ’s Air Quality Division Administrator.

The app also features real-time information related open burning restrictions, a list of regional and statewide air quality resources, tips to stay safe during a smoke or inversion event, and information on how you can help protect our air.

Users can download the app for free at the App Store for iPhone or Google Play and select a location to receive information for a specific area. Enable notifications to receive information on local air quality advisories and burn restrictions. Use your phone’s location services to receive information for your area; or select a default county if you do not use your phone’s location.

To submit questions or feedback concerning the app, email aqmobileapp@deq.idaho.gov.

Media Contact

Mary Anderson
Air Quality Planning Bureau Chief
Mary.Anderson@deq.idaho.gov

Download the app:

Via mobile device: Click on the links to access the app in your app store.

Google Play Store | Apple App Store

Via computer: Scan the QR code with your phone’s camera to open the app store:

Google Play
Apple app store

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the city of Troy’s WWTP

September 22, 2021

TROY – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the city of Troy’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP).

The city applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located at 4008 Highway 8, in Troy, Idaho.

The draft permit would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater year round to West Fork Little Bear Creek for the five years from the effective date. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and the required limits for each pollutant or parameter, and monitoring and reporting requirements necessary to ensure compliance with the permit and protect human health and the environment.

Written comments on the draft permit and fact sheet will be accepted through October 22 at 5 p.m. MDT. The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s state office (1410 N. Hilton St.), DEQ’s Lewiston Regional Office (1118 F Street, Lewiston, ID, 83501), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by October 6, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Jonathan Drygas, or on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the city of Troy’s WWTP and permit number (ID0023604).

Jonathan Drygas
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
jonathan.drygas@deq.idaho.gov

Please submit requests for a public meeting electronically on DEQ’s website, by mail, or email to Lori Flook.

Lori Flook
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Draft permit
Draft fact sheet