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.”

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

Accepting comments from October 21, 2021, through November 5, 2021.

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

Interested parties now have until November 5, 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

Related Documents

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

October 21, 2021

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

Interested parties now have until November 5, 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

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Draft Permit
Draft Fact Sheet

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

Accepting comments from October 19, 2021, through November 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 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

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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 seeks comment on draft finding of no significant impact determination for the Laclede Water District drinking water improvement project

Accepting comments from October 13, 2021, through October 29, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comment on a draft finding of no significant impact (FONSI) determination for the Laclede Water District drinking water improvement project.

The purpose of the proposed project is to address system deficiencies with the water system intake, treatment, and distribution. The proposed project involves replacing existing intake pumps with two new pumps totaling 365 gallons per minute,, installing a new radio telemetry system, upgrading existing control panels, adding a backup generator, installing a new ultrafiltration membrane water treatment plant in a new building at
the existing treatment site, among other upgrades.

Written comments will be accepted through October 29, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments using the form below or by mail or email to:

LaDonn Kaylor
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division, Grants and Loans Program
1410 North Hilton
Boise, Idaho 83706
LaDonn.Kaylor@deq.idaho.gov

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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 401 water quality certification for Eastside Drive bridge replacement

Accepting comments from October 5, 2021, through October 26, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft 401 water quality certification for the Eastside Drive bridge replacement.

Valley County Road and Bridge is proposing to replace the Eastside Drive Bridge over the North Fork Payette River in Valley County, Idaho. The project will remove and replace the existing two-span, single-lane bridge with a new single span structure with two lanes of travel. Minor realignment of the existing approaches is anticipated to meet roadway geometric standards. In addition, the project will replace one arch culvert, west of the bridge.

Based upon its review of the certification request, received on September 16, 2021,, 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 it is reasonable for DEQ to conclude that 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 (IDAPA 58.01.02), and other appropriate water quality requirements of state law.

Written comments will be accepted through October 26, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments by mail or email to:

Kati Carberry
Boise Regional Office
Water Quality Analyst
Kati.Carberry@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES construction general permit

Accepting comments from October 1, 2021, through November 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 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 seeks comment on draft Class 3 permit modification of the hazardous waste storage and treatment partial permit for the liquid waste management system at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center at the Idaho National Laboratory

Accepting comments from September 28, 2021, through November 12, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is seeking comment on a draft Class 3 permit modification for the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center at the Idaho National Laboratory.

The draft modification would allow for the replacement of the sintered metal filter elements in the process gas filter with ceramic filter elements, modifications to the wet and dry radiological decontamination systems, addition of 36 new thermocouples to the shell of the carbon reduction reformer, and several other changes to the operation and design of the Integrated Waste Treatment Unit.

Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through November 12, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. MDT.

The draft permit, fact sheet, and public notice are available for public 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 to:

Brian English
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Waste and Remediation Division
1410 North Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0502
brian.english@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ announces public comment period and opportunity for public hearing on draft T1 permit for Clearwater Paper Corporation—Pulp and Paperboard Division and Consumer Products Division

Accepting comments from September 28, 2021, through October 28, 2021.

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 Clearwater Paper Corporation—Pulp and Paperboard Division and Consumer Products Division.

Clearwater Paper Corporation, located at 803 Mill Road in Lewiston, Idaho, is a manufacturer of paper products and is classified as a major facility, as defined by the “Rules for the Control of Air Pollution in Idaho” (IDAPA 58.01.01.008.10.c).

As a major facility, Clearwater Paper Corporation is required to apply for a Tier I operating permit pursuant to IDAPA 58.01.01.301. The two divisions are considered one singe Tier I major facility and the permit is issued in two sections, one section is for the Pulp and Paper Division and the other for the Consumer Products Division. The draft permit establishes facility-wide requirements in accordance with the Idaho State Implementation Plan control strategy and IDAPA 58.01.01.

To request a public hearing, contact Whitney Rowley on or before October 13, 2021. Requests should include a brief statement explaining why a public hearing on the air quality aspects of the project would be beneficial. The meeting location will be accessible to persons with disabilities, and language translators will be made available upon request. Requests for these accommodations must be made no later than five days prior to the meeting date.

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

Staff Contact

Whitney Rowley
DEQ Air Quality Program
(208) 373-0440
whitney.rowley@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ seeks comment on draft 401 water quality certification for Ross Point Recreation site development

Accepting comments from September 27, 2021, through October 18, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft 401 water quality certification for Ross Point Recreation site development.

The purpose of the project is to create a day-use recreation site for the public, including non-motorized access to the river. Approximately 188 linear feet of the bank will be impacted by bank stabilization and construction of a pier, aluminum gangway, and dock. Bank stabilization will include the removal and replacement of existing riprap. Approximately 371 cubic yards of fill material will be placed. The slopes will be re-graded, and boulders and angular basalt will be placed with vegetative plantings between the rocks. Construction along the bank is proposed to be conducted in dry conditions during winter drawdown. The site-wide construction window is estimated at one year, from September 2021 to July 2022. The applicant proposes the
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality §401 Water Quality Certification implementation of several Best Management Practices to protect the river from receiving sediment impacts during and after construction.

Based upon its review of the certification request and related project documents, received on September 1, 2021, 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 it is reasonable for DEQ to conclude that 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 (IDAPA 58.01.02), and other appropriate water quality requirements of state law.

Written comments will be accepted through October 18, 2021, at 5 p.m. PDT. Submit comments by mail or email to:

Chantilly Higbee
Coeur d’Alene Regional Office
Compliance Officer
Chantilly.Higbee@deq.idaho.gov

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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

Accepting comments from September 22, 2021, through October 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

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

DEQ seeks representative for Middle Snake Watershed Advisory Group

September 20, 2021

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

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

Key responsibilities include:

  • 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 and members are asked to serve at least two-year terms. Anyone interested in serving on the WAG as a municipal representative should contact Sean Woodhead in DEQ’s Twin Falls Regional Office by October 20, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT.

The next WAG meeting is scheduled for October 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. at DEQ’s Twin Falls Regional Office (650 Addison Avenue W Suite 110, Twin Falls, ID).

Staff Contact
Sean Woodhead
Surface Water Quality Manager
Twin Falls Regional Office
sean.woodhead@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ accepting applications for Twin Falls Woodstove Changeout Program

September 20, 2021

TWIN FALLS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting applications for the Twin Falls Woodstove Changeout Program. 

The changeout program provides rebates for homeowners to replace older, more polluting stoves with cleaner-burning EPA-certified woodstoves, inserts, pellet stoves, or natural gas or propane units.

The program is now available to homeowners living within Twin Falls County. To qualify, applicants must be the legal owner of the home or rental property and currently operate a non-EPA-certified wood-burning appliance or an EPA-certified wood or pellet appliance manufactured at least 20 years ago.

Applicants will work with a participating vendor to purchase and install a new stove and remove the old unit.  

Twin Falls County residents can apply on DEQ’s Woodstove Funding Resources page. Applications can be mailed upon request. Applications will be accepted as funding is available and processed in the order received. Funding is limited and not guaranteed. Contact Heidi Orr (Heidi.orr@deq.idaho.gov) for more information.

DEQ announces $220,000 in grant funding to support sustainable materials management projects

September 17, 2021

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

A total of $220,000 will be made available to support selected projects for two years, starting January 1, 2022.

The funding is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Protection Agency’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. Particular 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.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the Idaho Wildlife and Water Quality Group Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project

Accepting comments from September 12, 2021, through October 13, 2021.

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project.

The Idaho Wildlife and Water Quality Group applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located at 1904 Mason Creek Road in Caldwell, Idaho.

The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated industrial wastewater January 1 to December 31 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 Wednesday, October 13, 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 Boise Regional Office (1445 N. Orchard, Boise, Idaho), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by September 21, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Rakael Pope, or at on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project and permit number ID0030031.

Rakael Pope

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Email: 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 & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Email: Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Draft Permit
Draft Fact Sheet
Application

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the Idaho Wildlife and Water Quality Group Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project

September 13, 2021

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project.

The Idaho Wildlife and Water Quality Group applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located at 1904 Mason Creek Road in Caldwell, Idaho.

The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated industrial wastewater January 1 to December 31 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 Wednesday, October 13, 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 Boise Regional Office (1445 N. Orchard, Boise, Idaho), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by September 21, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Rakael Pope, or at on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project and permit number ID0030031.

Rakael Pope

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Surface & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Email: 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 & Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
Email: Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Draft Permit
Draft Fact Sheet
Application

Additional tests reveal low levels of cyanotoxins in lake bottom material at North Beach in Payette Lake

September 3, 2021

VALLEY COUNTY — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is urging caution after national lab tests revealed the presence of cyanotoxins in material in the lakebed of North Beach.

DEQ sampled three sites after a dog fell ill after swimming in Payette Lake. The sites included the western edge of North Beach, a northwestern portion of the lake, and a section between Brown Park and Mile High Marina.

Preliminary results, which were shared with the public on August 27, 2021, indicated normal levels of cyanobacteria in the lake at all three locations. Final lab results, which DEQ received on September 2, 2021, did not reveal toxins in the water at any of the three sampled locations.

However, test results indicated that the North Beach benthic cyanobacteria—also known as bottom-dwelling cyanobacteria—contain low levels of cyanotoxins but may still cause illness if directly consumed. Cyanotoxins produced by benthic-cyanobacteria are not typically identified using standard lab tests.

The North Beach area is shallow and serves as the North Fork Payette River delta. The warmer-than-usual conditions can cause normal levels of cyanobacteria to grow and produce toxins.

Two of the toxins that were identified are relatively new to science and are not well understood. Since the toxins are thought to be contained within the cyanobacteria cells, not the water column, the levels are not high enough to issue a health advisory but the public should use caution when recreating in the North Beach area. Dogs that tend to ingest or chew on things are particularly at risk of toxin exposure. Please be aware of what your animals may come into contact with and do not let them eat things you didn’t provide. All lakes have a natural microbial community, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium, that may cause illness and all raw water should be filtered or purified before drinking.

Payette Lake continues to have high water quality and the benthic cyanobacteria DEQ’s investigation found are evidence of this. Since benthic cyanobacteria live and grow on the bottom, the water has to be clear enough to let light pass through to the bottom of the lake. This isn’t possible with the planktonic HABs (i.e., blooms in the water column) most people think of since surface blooms block light from reaching the substrate.

While other lakes experience planktonic HABs, the cyanobacteria found growing on the bottom of the North Beach are not widespread and they were difficult to find.

Sampling and testing for cyanobacteria and the toxins they can produce is a growing challenge for neighboring states and states across the country. Bloom conditions and toxin concentrations can change quickly, which can complicate monitoring efforts. As this investigation revealed, a lot of the science and lab techniques involved with cyanotoxin monitoring are new. As the scientific community’s understanding of cyanobacteria and the toxins they produce expands, new, advanced detection and identification methodologies will be identified and adopted.

DEQ always recommends people use caution when recreating in and around water, especially during the hot summer months. DEQ will continue to communicate proactively and transparently to ensure the public has access to timely health-related information.

To learn more about benthic cyanobacteria, please visit the California My Water Quality FAQs For Toxic Algal Mats at https://mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/resources/benthic_education.html.

To learn more about drinking water from lakes and rivers, visit https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/travel/index.html and https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/web-features.html.

To learn more about current health advisories or report a suspected bloom, visit https://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/surface-water/cyanobacteria-harmful-algal-blooms/.

Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee announces open solicitation for projects that reduce phosphorus runoff

August 31, 2021

COEUR D’ALENE—Governor Little’s Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee announced Tuesday that the solicitation period for submitting nutrient-reduction proposals is now open.

The announcement came three days after the committee held its first meeting and less than two weeks after Governor Little directed $2 million towards projects that will reduce nutrient pollution in Coeur d’Alene Lake.

The committee will consider all projects submitted during the pre-application phase and will use the following criteria to prioritize proposals:

  1. On-the-ground projects that reduce phosphorus loads to Coeur d’Alene Lake.
  2. Projects located within Idaho and the watershed area draining to Coeur d’Alene Lake
  3. Projects that reduce levels of phosphorus entering Coeur d’Alene Lake and its tributaries
  4. Community support for the project

Priority will be given to proposals that are ready to implement quickly and that provide the largest reductions in phosphorus loading to Coeur d’Alene Lake. Federally-owned or managed lands are ineligible. Monitoring, education, and outreach may be a component of a project but not the primary focus.

Individuals interested in submitting a proposal are encouraged to submit a pre-application to Jamie Brunner by mail or email:

Jamie Brunner
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815
Jamie.brunner@deq.idaho.gov

The committee is scheduled to meet again October 20, 2021, to review project proposals.

Learn more about the Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee’s open solicitation process at https://www.deq.idaho.gov/coeur-dalene-lake-advisory-committee-notice-of-solicitation/.

Committee begins process of reversing phosphorus trends in Coeur d’Alene Lake

August 27, 2021

COEUR D’ALENE — The Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee (CLAC) convened for the first time Thursday to examine strategies for reducing phosphorus pollution in North Idaho’s iconic water body.

The meeting came on the heels of Governor Little’s announcement last week, which directed $2 million to fund shovel-ready projects that will reduce the flow of nutrients into the lake. The committee will be tasked with prioritizing proposals submitted by the community and recommending projects for funding to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Director.

“My goal is to make sure that Idaho is a place that kids and grandkids want to stay and obviously the quality of the lake is a big part of that, not only the lake but its tributaries,” said Governor Brad Little in his opening remarks to the committee.

The first meeting provided an overview of the biological, chemical, and physical features of Coeur d’Alene Lake, the role that increased phosphorus has played in the declining health of the lake, and the different runoff mitigation practices that could help reduce the flow of pollutants.

DEQ estimates that approximately 180 tons of phosphorus enter the lake on average each year. While point source pollution from wastewater treatment plants and other systems is an issue in the Basin, these facilities are typically regulated and treat contaminated water through biological and chemical processes. A second important source of pollution is non-point sources, or pollution that flows across the land surface. When runoff flows over hard surfaces such as roadways, parking lots, and cleared land and into nearby water bodies, it carries pollutants with it.

“Small changes can have a large influence,” said Craig Cooper, DEQ’s limnologist, “when you make even small changes to how well water soaks into the ground, you increase the amount of runoff dramatically.”

Stormwater management techniques such as retention ponds, rain gardens, and other best management practices allow pollutants to percolate rather than discharge directly into surface waters and can greatly reduce the amount of phosphorus flowing into the lake.

“If you start honing in on individual sources, most will reduce relatively small amounts per year but there are a lot of them,” Cooper said.

The committee will hold an open solicitation to review project submissions later this year and DEQ staff will provide technical support to committee members and applicants, including calculating the estimated phosphorus reductions associated with each proposal.

Priority will be given to proposals that are ready to implement quickly and that provide the largest reductions in phosphorus loading to Coeur d’Alene Lake.

The next meeting is scheduled for October 20, 2021.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ conducts additional sampling at Payette Lake

August 27, 2021

VALLEY COUNTY — A second round of water quality sampling at Payette Lake confirmed normal levels of cyanobacteria consistent with high water quality.

Final lab results are expected soon following a comprehensive analysis at a national lab that specializes in identifying cyanobacteria and their cyanotoxins. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality will share that information with the public as soon as it’s available.

DEQ collected samples at three Payette Lake locations, including the western edge of North Beach, a northwestern portion of the lake, and a section between Brown Park and Mile High Marina.

The additional samples were taken as a follow up to public concern regarding a dog that became ill after swimming in Payette Lake. Results from samples collected on August 17, 2021, near where the dog had been swimming did not indicate the presence of the most common types of cyanobacteria found in Idaho surface waters. Subsequent sampling efforts conducted on August 23, 2021, indicate that cyanobacteria were not present in concentrations that would indicate a health risk, and cyanotoxins are not present at that location.

August 23 sampling efforts revealed normal levels of cyanobacteria at North Beach and at the dog park betweenBrown Park and Mile High Arena.

Cyanobacteria are a natural component of biological communities found in water or growing at the bottom of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams, according to the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council’s Strategies for Preventing and Managing Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms. Just because cyanobacteria are present in a portion of a water body does not mean they are present in high enough concentrations to present a threat to human or animal health.

While Payette Lake continues to have high water quality and normal cyanobacteria population numbers, cyanobacteria and the toxins they can produce continue to pose a serious health risk in many water bodies across Idaho. DEQ always recommends people use caution when recreating in and around water, especially during the hot summer months. Waterborne germs and parasites may be present in any lake or river. Water should always be purified before drinking, even from water bodies with very good water quality. Water that looks green or scummy should be avoided and purification may not make it safe to drink.

To learn more about drinking water from lakes and rivers, visit https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/travel/index.html and https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/web-features.html.

To learn more about current health advisories or report a suspected bloom, visit https://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/surface-water/cyanobacteria-harmful-algal-blooms/.

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for the Idaho Wildlife and Water Quality Group, LLC Mason Creek Activated Wetland Pilot Project

August 25, 2021

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to the Idaho Wildlife and Water Quality Group, LLC 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 proposed plan to lower temperature, sediment, and bacteria in Beaver-Camas subbasin

August 24, 2021

Clark County — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a proposed plan to lower temperature, sediment, and bacteria in the Beaver-Camas subbasin.

The subbasin is located in southeastern Idaho, contiguous to the Montana border, with the majority located in Clark County and portions in Jefferson and Fremont Counties.

Starting in 2016, several subbasin tributaries were listed as impaired waters for temperature, E. coli, combined biota/habitat bioassessments, and/or sedimentation/siltation criteria. The primary source of nonpoint pollution is from elevated temperatures due to the loss of riparian habitat resulting from agricultural practices. In addition to temperature, portions of Camas Creek was found to be impaired with sedimentation due to streambank erosion.

Under the Clean Water Act, states are required to develop total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) when state water quality standards are not achieved. To comply with these requirements, DEQ prepared the draft Beaver-Camas Subbasin Total Maximum Daily Loads and 5-Year Review, which establishes water quality targets and load capacities, estimates existing pollutant loads, and allocates responsibility for load reductions needed to return listed waters to a condition meeting Idaho’s water quality standards. It also identifies implementation strategies—including reasonable time frames, approach, responsible parties, and monitoring strategies—necessary to achieve load reductions and meet water quality standards.

The Beaver-Camas Subbasin Total Maximum Daily Loads and 5-Year Review can be accessed on DEQ’s website, at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton Street), and at DEQ’s Idaho Falls Regional Office (900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B).

Written comments will be accepted through September 23, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments electronically or by mail or email to:

Destiny Locke
Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
destiny.locke@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Beaver-Camas Subbasin Total Maximum Daily Loads and 5-Year Review

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to Evans Water Corporation and Homeowners Association in Ada County

August 23, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $16,700 to Evans Water Corporation and Homeowners Association in Ada 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 $33,400. The remaining $16,700 will be funded by Evans Water Corporation and Homeowners Association.

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

DEQ expands statewide cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin response efforts

August 19, 2021

BOISE The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is expanding sampling and monitoring efforts across the state to enhance public preparedness and heighten bloom detection. 

Summer is the peak season for cyanobacteria harmful algal bloomscommonly referred to as HABs or blue-green algaeand DEQ is taking additional steps to ensure the public has access to timely information.

This includes:

  • Increased monitoring and site visits as high-risk sites are identified
  • Performing on-site rapid testing as needed for the most commonly encountered cyanotoxin
  • Using satellite imagery to characterize and monitor existing and potential blooms
  • Collaborating with EPA and CDC laboratories to advance cyanotoxin species detection
  • Communicating regularly with the state’s public health districts, state toxicologists, and veterinarians
  • Responding to inquiries and questions from the public
  • Updating the Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Bloom map with new monitoring data

While continuous monitoring and increased sampling will help expand DEQ’s bloom detection capabilities, it is also important to remember that risk still exists when recreating in and around water.

Toxins can be present at varying concentrations

Water bodies can have toxins even without a visible bloom and toxins can be present even at low concentrations. While toxin counts might not be high enough to trigger a health advisory, they can still pose a risk to people and animals.

Weather can impact bloom locations and toxin concentrations

HABs and toxin concentrations can change by the hour. Elements such as wind and rain can impact toxin concentrations, transport a HAB or mat within a water body, or push surface-level blooms down into the water column. This can complicate sampling efforts and increase the need for more frequent and robust monitoring.

Lab tests can detect common toxins, but not all toxins

Standard lab tests can detect the most common cyanotoxins, namely microcystin, cylindrospermopsin, and anatoxin-a, but other toxins might be present in the water. In response, DEQ is expanding testing and working with the nation’s top laboratories to account for additional toxins that have been linked to adverse health effects in other areas of the country.

Health advisories are issued at a certain threshold

DEQ and Idaho’s health districts share responsibility for HABs response efforts. DEQ is responsible for sampling and monitoring water bodies while the health districts determine whether or not a health advisory is necessary based on lab analysis.

There can be occasions where toxin levels might not be high enough to trigger a health advisory but still warrant caution from the public.

DEQ will continue to work with Idaho’s health officials, national experts, and the public to protect human health and ensure that Idahoans have access to the most up-to-date health information. To learn more about current health advisories, visit https://www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/surface-water/cyanobacteria-harmful-algal-blooms/.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare also maintains a Harmful Algal Blooms FAQ page, which contains educational material and general information about potential illnesses from recreational waters and drinking water.

DEQ awards $45,000 to the city of East Hope in Bonner County

October 26, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $45,000 drinking water construction assistance to the city of East Hope in Bonner County.

The funding will be used to clear screens, flush intake lines, and clean sediment structures.

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency grants, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $61,047 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

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

DEQ awards $1,251,000 to Sunnyside Water Association in Bonner County

July 27, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $1,251,000 low-interest drinking water construction loan to Sunnyside Water Association in Bonner County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to add two booster stations, replace piping, and rehabilitate the existing water storage reservoir.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water systems.  Since the annual cost of drinking water service for residential customers exceeds 1.5% percent of the median household income, Sunnyside Water Association qualifies for a disadvantaged loan, which carries favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.75% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has a $515,517 principal forgiveness. 

The favorable loan terms represent a $741,719 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

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

DEQ awards $475,000 low-interest wastewater construction loan to Moon Lake Ranch Owners Association, Inc.

July 12, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $475,000 low-interest wastewater construction loan to Moon Lake Ranch Owners Association, Inc. in Ada County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to connect to a proposed gravity sewer system in the Bald Eagle Point Subdivision, which will be annexed into the Eagle Sewer District.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 3% interest rate and is payable over 30 years.

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

DEQ awards $4.3 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Juliaetta

July 8, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $4.3 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Juliaetta in Latah County.

The funding will be used to rehabilitate and replace the lift station and install new equipment, including headworks, aeration and secondary clarifiers, dewatering equipment, temperature and flow monitoring controls, backup generator, composite samplers, and temperature treatment.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public wastewater systems. Since the annual cost of wastewater service for residential customers exceeds 1.5% of the median household income, the city qualifies for a disadvantaged loan, which carries favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.75% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has a 542,491 principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent a $1,020,365 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

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

DEQ attains primacy over state pollutant discharge program

July 7, 2021

BOISE — On Thursday, July 1, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) completed a multi-year transfer of authority from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to DEQ after gaining approval over the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Program in 2018.

Attaining primacy is a significant accomplishment for the agency and ensures that permittees will have direct access to state permit writers who have local knowledge of Idaho’s surface waters.

It also puts Idaho in line with a vast majority of states that manage the discharge of pollutants into local waterways.

“Having the IPDES program as a state-run program allows Idaho the opportunity to control Idaho concerns and provides cities and businesses with access to staff who understand the unique nature of Idaho’s waterways,” said Mary Anne Nelson, DEQ’s Surface and Wastewater Division administrator.

“We are pleased to complete the transfer of this program to the State of Idaho,” said Michelle Pirzadeh, EPA Region 10’s Acting Regional Administrator. “We have worked closely with IDEQ on this effort and are confident that the program will protect Idaho’s important water resources.”

The effort started in 2014 when the Idaho legislature directed DEQ to seek authorization for a state-operated program. DEQ submitted a primacy application in August of 2016 and EPA authorized the transfer of permitting authority two years later. DEQ issued the first IPDES permit in April 2019.

With the transfer of authority complete, DEQ is now responsible for permitting, compliance, inspections, and enforcement of discharge permits into Idaho waterways from industrial and municipal facilities, federal facilities, storm water systems, sewage sludge, and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) pretreatment program. DEQ will also continue to work with facilities to ensure ongoing compliance and provide trainings for entities using the agency’s web-based permitting system.

EPA retains the authority to issue NPDES permits for all facilities discharging to tribal waters. 

Staff Contact
Mary Anne Nelson
Surface & Wastewater Division Administrator
mary.anne.nelson@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards $750,000 low-interest wastewater construction loan to Moose Draw Association, Inc.

July 6, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $750,000 low-interest wastewater construction loan to the Moose Draw Association, Inc. in Latah County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to pay for the facility plan and environmental report for the association’s wastewater system project and upgrade the treatment system to comply with the permit.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public wastewater systems. Since the annual cost of wastewater service for residential customers exceeds 1.5% percent of the median household income, the Moose Draw Association Inc., qualifies for a disadvantaged loan, which carries favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.75% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has a $647,310 principal forgiveness.

The favorable loan terms represent a $880,890 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

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

DEQ awards $3.2 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Grace

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $3.2 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Grace in Caribou County.

The funding will be used to upgrade the treatment system and repair the collection system.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.75% interest rate, is payable over 30 years.  The favorable loan terms represent a $196,682 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

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

DEQ awards $2,466,450 to the Remington Recreational Water and Sewer District in Kootenai County

July 1, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $2,466,450 low-interest drinking water construction loan to the Remington Recreational Water and Sewer District located in Kootenai County.

The funding will be used to complete transmission and distribution improvements and increase source, storage, and booster capacity.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 2.75% interest rate, is payable over 30 years. 

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

DEQ seeks candidates to serve on Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee

July 1, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking candidates for the Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee, which advises the agency on crop residue burning issues.

Current vacancies include a Central Idaho grower representative, Eastern Idaho grower representative, and an environmental representative.

The Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from environmental, farming, health, and tribal organizations, DEQ, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Members are appointed to four-year terms by DEQ’s director.

The committee was established by state law, which authorizes DEQ to manage the burning of crop residue on lands other than the five Indian reservations. The committee meets annually to review the Idaho crop residue burning program’s procedures, evaluate program performance during the most recently concluded burn season, and recommend program improvements.

Candidates should submit a letter or email indicating why they are interested in serving on the committee and present qualifications for the representative positions.

Submit application materials or questions to:

Mark Boyle
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
(208) 666-4607
mark.boyle@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards $150,000 to the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. in Valley County

June 29, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $150,000 in drinking water construction assistance to the Yellow Pine Water Users Association, Inc. in Valley County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to replace the damaged transmission and distribution water mains and install three pressure-reducing valves.

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan 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 $205,146 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

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

DEQ awards $4.32 million to the Panhandle Village Water System in Kootenai County

June 28, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $4.32 million low-interest drinking water construction loan to the Panhandle Village Water System located in Kootenai County, Idaho

The funding will be used to replace the distribution system and install a storage tank, booster pumps, and a new well.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water systems. Since the annual cost of drinking water service for residential customers exceeds 1.5% of the median household income, the Panhandle Village Water System qualifies for a disadvantaged loan, which carries favorable repayment terms.

The loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.75% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has a $1,067,409 principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent a $1,729,516 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

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

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to the city of Menan

June 21, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $35,000 to the city of Menan in Jefferson County.

The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review. 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 $70,000. The remaining $35,000 will be funded by the city of Menan.

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

DEQ seeks comment on proposed plan to lower lead and zinc in the Upper Spokane River Watershed

June 15, 2021

Coeur d’Alene — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a proposed plan to address elevated levels of lead and zinc in the Upper Spokane River Watershed.

The Spokane River in Idaho is in the Upper Spokane Watershed in Kootenai County. It flows into the Coeur d’Alene basin, which includes all tributaries to Coeur d’Alene Lake, including the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe River watersheds.

Historic mining practices deposited metal-contaminated sediments throughout the system and, in 1994, the Spokane River from Coeur d’Alene Lake to the Idaho/Washington border was placed on Idaho’s 303(d) list of impaired waters.

Under the Clean Water Act, states are required to develop total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) when state water quality standards are not achieved. To comply with these requirements, DEQ prepared the draft Spokane River Water Quality Improvement Plan Total Maximum Daily Load, which establishes water quality targets and load capacities, estimates existing pollutant loads, and allocates responsibility for load reductions needed to return listed waters to a condition meeting Idaho’s water quality standards. It also identifies implementation strategies—including reasonable time frames, approach, responsible parties, and monitoring strategies—necessary to achieve load reductions and meet water quality standards.

The draft plan was developed in consultation with the Upper Spokane River Watershed Advisory Group, which advised DEQ to submit the proposal for public review.

The Spokane River Water Quality Improvement Plan Total Maximum Daily Load can be accessed on DEQ’s website, at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton Street), and at DEQ’s Coeur d’Alene Regional Office (2110 Ironwood Parkway).

Written comments will be accepted through July 15, 2021, at 5 p.m. PDT. Submit comments electronically or by mail or email to:

Kristin Lowell
DEQ Coeur d’Alene Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Kristin.Lowell@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Spokane River Water Quality Improvement Plan Total Maximum Daily Load

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to Arrowhead Ranch Water Association, Inc.

June 8, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $15,000 to Arrowhead Ranch Water Association, Inc. in Bonner County, Idaho.

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 $30,000. The remaining $15,000 will be funded by Arrowhead Ranch Water Association, Inc.

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

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to Spirit Bend Water Association

May 20, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $24,000 to Spirit Bend Water Association in Kootenai 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 $48,000. The remaining $24,000 will be funded by Spirit Bend Water Association.

Staff Contact
Charlie Parkins
Grants and Loans Coordinator
Charlie.Parkins@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to Garden Valley High School

May 18, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $22,500 to Garden Valley High School in Boise 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 $45,000. The remaining $22,500 will be funded by Garden Valley School District.

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

DEQ seeks comment on draft Idaho Section 401 Certification Guidance

May 6, 2021

BOISE—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on the draft Idaho Section 401 Certification Guidance document.

The document provides guidance for conducting 401 certifications of federal permits or licenses and helps DEQ maintain and implement a consistent state-wide approach for 401 certifications.

Under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act, states are required to certify any permit or license issued by a federal agency for an activity that may result in a discharge into waters of the US. This allows each state to have input into federally approved projects that may affect local waters and ensures the projects will comply with applicable provisions of the Clean Water Act, Idaho’s Water Quality Standards (IDAPA 58.01.02), and other appropriate water quality requirements.

This guidance document specifically addresses 401 certifications for permits issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and licenses for hydroelectric facilities issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under the Federal Power Act.

The draft guidance document is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through May 27, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT. Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Elizabeth Spelsberg
401 Certification Lead
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, Idaho 83706
Elizabeth.Spelsberg@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Draft Section 401 Water Quality Certification Guidance