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

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

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 prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for the city of Dreary

August 12, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to the City of Deary 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, and 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
Jonathan Drygas
IPDES Permit Writer
Jonathan.Drygas@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards $98,515 to Cassandra Hills Owners Association, Inc. in Benewah County

July 29, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $98,515 in drinking water construction assistance to Cassandra Hills Owners Association, Inc. in Benewah County, Idaho.

The funding will be used for drilling a new well, installing the pump and piping, and related engineering water quantity and quality testing.

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 $132,023 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation issuances.

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

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