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 seeks comment on a draft wastewater reuse permit renewal for the Brittania Heights Subdivision

July 1, 2021

CANYON COUNTY —The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft wastewater reuse permit renewal for the Brittania Heights Subdivision.

Brittania Heights Wastewater owns a municipal wastewater treatment and reuse facility and applies recycled water to landscaped common areas throughout the Brittania Heights Subdivision.

The draft permit would allow the facility to irrigate with recycled water for a period of six years and establishes monitoring requirements, limits on nutrient and hydraulic loading, and buffer zones established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment. As part of the permitting process, the facility was required to show that its operation would not cause public health or environmental concerns.

Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through August 2, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1445 N. Orchard Street) and on DEQ’s website.

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

Adam Bussan
Senior Water Quality Engineer
1445 North Orchard Street
Boise, Idaho 83706
Adam.Bussan@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Staff Analysis
Draft Permit

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 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

DEQ seeks source water protection grant applications

May 6, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting source water protection grant applications for the 2021-2022 funding cycle.

DEQ’s source water protection grants provide funding for projects that protect sources of public drinking water.

Eligible applicants include public water systems, state and local government agencies, tribes, special districts such as soil conservation districts, associations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions in Idaho.

Projects can address a variety of activities but must contribute to improved protection of one or more public water supply sources:

  • Contaminant pathway removal (e.g., closure of abandoned or unused wells)
  • Contaminant source identification (e.g., research)
  • Contaminant removal (e.g., hazardous waste collection, pollution prevention, and waste reduction)
  • Contaminant management (e.g., implementation of best management practices or structures to divert contaminated runoff from the source)
  • Restoration and conservation of the ecological function of source water protection areas
  • Education and information sharing (e.g., brochures, workshops, and media campaigns)
  • Security measures to protect the source

The maximum award per grant is $10,000 for local projects and $15,000 for regional projects. Grants cannot be used for personnel or equipment costs associated with operation and maintenance of drinking water systems.

Applications are due July 30, 2021.

For more information or to apply for a source water protection grant, visit visit DEQ’s Source Water Protection Grant page or contact Rachael Smith, DEQ’s source water coordinator, at (208) 373-0249 or Rachael.Smith@deq.idaho.gov.

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

May 6, 2021

CLEARWATER COUNTY – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the public comment period for the proposed Idaho Pollution Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Permit (ID0020354) for the city of Weippe, Idaho.

Interested parties now have until June 16, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT to submit written comments.

The permit authorizes the discharge of treated municipal wastewater to the Jim Ford 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 state office (1410 N. Hilton St., Boise, Idaho), DEQ’s Lewiston Regional Office (1118 F St. Lewiston, Idaho), and on DEQ’s website.

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

Michael Snider
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID  83706
Michael.snider@deq.idaho.gov  

Related Documents

Permit Application
Draft Fact Sheet
Draft Permit

Canyon County emissions testing program fully restored

April 26, 2021

CANYON COUNTY — Vehicle emissions testing services have been fully restored in Canyon County, Idaho.

Services were previously unavailable due to a system outage affecting Canyon County and the city limits of Kuna. Motorists that have received a notice to test can visit a local emissions station for a test.

The emissions testing program is managed by an external contractor, Applus Technologies. For questions, contact Applus at (208) 461-1232 or visit https://idahovip.org/.

DEQ seeks applicants for nonpoint source management grant program

April 15, 2021

BOISE—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking grant applicants for the 2022 nonpoint source management §319 funding cycle.

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

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

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

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

Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2021.

Visit DEQ’s Nonpoint Source Subgrants in Idaho page for more information about the 2022 funding cycle.

Staff Contact
Julia Achabal
Nonpoint Source §319 Coordinator
(208) 373-0321
Julia.Achabal@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Council

April 13, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $32,500 to the city of Council in Adams 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 $65,000. The remaining $32,500 will be funded by the city of Council.

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

DEQ awards $1.65 million drinking water construction loan to the city of Priest River

April 13, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $1.65 million low-interest drinking water construction loan to the city of Priest River in Bonner County.

The funding will be used to construct a new 440,000-gallon reservoir and install a new generator.

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 US Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 2.75% interest rate, is payable over 20 years.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for the city of Ririe Wastewater Treatment Facility

April 13, 2021

RIRIE, IDAHO—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is providing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to city of Ririe Wastewater Treatment Facility for a preliminary review.

The facility has 10 business days to perform an errors and omissions review on the preliminary draft permit and fact sheet prior to 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, DEQ will formally notify all necessary parties that the draft permit and fact sheet 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 DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities web page and select the “subscribe” button at the bottom of the page. 

Staff Contact
Karen Jackson
IPDES Permit Writer
Karen.Jackson@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to the city of Lewisville

April 2, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $25,000 to the city of Lewisville 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 $50,000. The remaining $25,000 will be funded by the city.

Staff Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants & Loans Bureau Chief
1410 N Hilton
Boise, Idaho 83706
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit for Bottle Bay Recreational Water and Sewer District

April 1, 2021

SAGLE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit for Bottle Bay Recreational Water and Sewer District.

The district operates a municipal wastewater treatment and reuse facility near Sagle and applies recycled water to forested units during the growing season.

The draft permit would extend the permit duration from five to seven years and update ground water and recycled water monitoring requirements. The draft permit also specifies buffer zones around the irrigation site, hydraulic and nutrient loading rates, operating practices, and monitoring requirements established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment.

As part of the permitting process, the facility was required to show that its operation would not cause public health or environmental concerns.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office, Coeur d’Alene Regional Office, and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through May 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT.

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

Andrew John
Senior Soil Scientist
1410 N. Hilton Street
Boise, Idaho 83706
Andrew.John@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Staff Analysis
Draft Permit


System-wide outage affecting emissions testing program in Canyon County

April 1, 2021

CANYON COUNTY — Vehicle emissions tests are currently unavailable to Canyon County motorists due to do a local system-wide outage.

The outage affects residents in Canyon County and the city limits of Kuna.

Motorists are asked to postpone vehicle testing until the system is back online or get their vehicles tested in Ada County. Vehicle owners who are behind on testing can work with the emissions testing office or the Department of Motor Vehicles to reinstate their registration upon receipt of a passing test.

The emissions testing program is managed by an external contractor, Applus Technologies. For questions and updates, contact Applus at (208) 461-1232.

DEQ seeks comment on additions to copper criteria implementation guidance for aquatic life

March 26, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality seeks comment on additions to the Implementation Guidance for the Idaho Copper Criteria for Aquatic Life.

The additions, found in Section 6.2 of the document, clarify how DEQ will apply superseding copper criteria in discharge permits.

Copper is a naturally occurring element in the earth’s crust and is an essential micronutrient for plants, animals, and humans. However, at concentrations above the recommended levels, copper can become acutely toxic, especially to aquatic organisms.

The purpose of this document is to provide background on copper toxicity and the biotic ligand model and provide guidance to DEQ staff, the regulated community, and the general public for calculating the copper criteria for aquatic life using the biotic ligand model.

It also discusses data requirements, spatial and temporal representation, options for reconciling multiple time-variable criteria from a single location, and procedures for estimating criteria when data are limited.

The Implementation Guidance for the Idaho Copper Criteria for Aquatic Life is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.) and on DEQ’s website.

Written comments must pertain to Section 6.2 of the report. Comments will be accepted through April 26, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST, and can be submitted electronically on DEQ’s Public Comments page or by mail or email to:

Jason Pappani
Surface Water Bureau Chief
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
Jason.pappani@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Implementation Guidance for the Idaho Copper Criteria for Aquatic Life 

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to city of Tensed

March 25, 2021

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

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 $60,000. The remaining $30,000 will be funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ seeks grant applicants for 2022 agricultural best management practices program

March 15, 2021

DEQ seeks grant applicants for 2022 agricultural best management practices program

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks grant applicants for the 2022 agricultural best management practices (BMP) program.

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

Eligible projects must address agricultural or ranching BMPs and be completed or show significant progress by June 30, 2022.

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

Projects can begin on July 1, 2021.

Applications will be accepted from March 14 to April 14, 2021. Interested parties should apply directly at DEQ’s Nonpoint Source Subgrants in Idaho and include “State General Fund SFY2022” in the project title.

Media Contact:

Julia Achabal
Nonpoint Source §319 Coordinator
(208) 373-0321
Julia.Achabal@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks public comment on the 2020 Nitrate Priority Area Delineation and Ranking Process report

March 12, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comment on the 2020 Nitrate Priority Area Delineation and Ranking Process report.

The report outlines the techniques used to evaluate and rank Idaho’s 35 nitrate priority areas in order to help federal, state, and local agencies prioritize ground water protection and remediation activities.

Nitrate is the most widespread ground water contaminant in Idaho and is commonly found in public water supply systems. Nitrate priority areas were developed to identify aquifers with ground water quality degradation due to nitrate so resources could be directed to those areas to help protect public health. 

In 2020, DEQ and the Idaho Ground Water Monitoring Technical Committee revised the list of nitrate priority areas using data collected from 1990 through 2016. The re-evaluation process is designed to use more recent data to assess ground water quality changes in the existing nitrate priority areas and identify new areas with nitrate-degraded ground water. 

The 2020 Nitrate Priority Area Delineation and Ranking Process report is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 N. Hilton St.) and on DEQ’s website.

Written comments on the report will be accepted through April 13, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST. Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s Public Comments page or by mail or email to:

Kathryn Elliott
Ground Water Coordinator
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0191
Kathryn.Elliott@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
2020 Nitrate Priority Area Delineation and Ranking Process

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Kimberly

March 11, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $35,000 to the city of Kimberly in Twin Falls 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 any necessary improvements.

The total eligible cost of the project is $70,000. The remaining $35,000 will be funded by the city of Kimberly.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit for J.R. Simplot Company, Inc.

March 5, 2021

ABERDEEN — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit for J.R. Simplot Company, Inc., Aberdeen Facility.

The J.R. Simplot Company’s Aberdeen facility operated as an industrial potato processor but has not been in production since January 2015.

The draft permit renewal would allow the facility to return to full operation and permit the application of municipal recycled water on the Simplot Aberdeen Knudsen Site for a period of five years.

As part of the permitting process, the company was required to show that its operation would not cause public health or environmental concerns.

The draft permit specifies buffer zones around the irrigation site, hydraulic and nutrient loading rates, operating practices, and monitoring requirements established by DEQ to protect public health and the environment.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office, DEQ’s Pocatello Regional Office, and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through April 5, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT.

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

Scott MacDonald
Water Quality Staff Engineer
444 Hospital Way, #300
Pocatello, ID 83201
Scott.MacDonald@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Staff Analysis
Draft Permit

DEQ awards $25.2 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Preston

March 3, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $25.2 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the city of Preston in Franklin County.

The funding will be used to replace part of the collection system and improve the wastewater treatment system, which includes new headworks, lift station, oxidation ditches, tertiary filtration system, and UV disinfection system.

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 one and one-half percent of the median household income, the city of Preston is able to qualify for a disadvantaged loan which carries very 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 $154,905 of principal forgiveness.  Of these funds $22,280,000 is expected to be refinanced by the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development leaving a total obligation to DEQ of $2,765,095. The favorable loan terms represent a $406,043 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for Henggeler Packing Company, Inc.

February 26, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to the Henggeler Packing Company, Inc. 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, subscribe to DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

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

DEQ seeks contractor for Triumph Mine stabilization project

February 18, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking a contractor to perform stabilization work within the Triumph mine tunnel. This project will ensure safe access to the tunnel to evaluate and complete longer-term tunnel stabilization or closure work over the next few years.

The project is necessary because the original materials used to stabilize the tunnel in 2001 have exceeded the design life.  This has created unstable conditions within the tunnel resulting in collapse.  Although the tunnel conditions require repair, these conditions do not affect the stability of the permanent concrete plugs installed within the tunnel.  The two plugs remain in stable condition and continue to perform as expected.   

Failure to complete longer term stabilization work or permanently close the tunnel will result in continued collapse. This could create instability at the ground surface or cause the release of mine water and debris from behind the collapsed material.  The work planned over the next few years will more fully address these issues.

The Triumph Mine is an inactive silver, zinc, and lead mine located in Blaine County, Idaho. The mine operated from the late 1800s until the 1950s, leaving behind high levels of heavy metals in the soils and water. During active mining operations, the Triumph tunnel was used to transport ore from the mines to the mill located near the town of Triumph, Idaho.  Cleanup efforts at the Triumph site began in 1998.

In 2001, as part of the cleanup, the Triumph tunnel was re-opened and stabilized for approximately 1,300 feet to allow for construction of a 16-foot thick concrete plug within the tunnel.  A second, 17-foot thick concrete plug, located 235 feet within the tunnel, was constructed in 2016.  The plugs were designed to prevent the discharge of polluted mine water and debris from the mine.

Construction of the mine plugs reduced the amount of mine water discharge from 100 to 200 gallons per minute to just 7 to 10 gallons per minute today.  In addition, the reduced mine water flow significantly reduced levels of heavy metals discharging from the mine.     

Staff Contact

Don Carpenter
Senior Mining Scientist
Don.Carpenter@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ to hold public informational meeting on draft air quality permit to construct for Midas Gold

February 18, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public informational meeting on a draft air quality permit to construct for Midas Gold Idaho Inc.’s Stibnite Mine, located at the intersection of Forest Service Roads NF-374 and NF-412. 

The meeting will be held virtually on March 3, 2021, from 6 to 8 p.m. MST. DEQ staff will be available to answer questions and provide information about the permit and permitting process. To request a link to the virtual meeting please email Darrin Pampaian at darrin.pampaian@deq.idaho.gov.

Midas Gold Idaho, Inc., applied for a permit to construct an open-pit gold mine and to operate on-site ore processing, ore concentration and refining, and ancillary equipment. On December 18, 2020, DEQ received an addendum to the permit application from Midas Gold Idaho, Inc. to address substantive comments received during the previous public comment period concerning the emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) and toxic air pollutants (TAP). DEQ has updated the proposed permit and technical review, and has crafted a response to comments document in response to the HAP/TAP addendum and all public comments received to date, and proposes issuing the permit.

To submit written comments, please also see DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page.

Staff Contact
Morrie Lewis
Air Quality Permit Writer
Morrie.Lewis@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Legal Notice
Permit
Application
Statement of Basis
DEQ Response to Comments
Midas Gold Inc. Response to Request for More Information

National Academy of Sciences schedules first public meeting assessing water quality in Coeur d’Alene Lake

February 10, 2021

BOISE — The National Academy of Sciences will host the first public meeting of the Committee on the Future of Water Quality in Coeur d’Alene Lake later this month.

The meeting will take place virtually and will include two open sessions with presentations from study sponsors and an open-mic period to hear stakeholder comments at the end of the first session. The public is encouraged to attend.

The first session is scheduled for February 24, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST and will include introductory and background information related to the Coeur d’Alene Basin as well as goals for the study. The second session is scheduled for February 26, 2021, 8 to 11 a.m. PST and will be more technical in nature, covering previous data collection, analyses, and modeling efforts.

In 2020, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Kootenai County, and the US Environmental Protection Agency, with the support of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, asked the National Academy of Sciences to analyze water quality data in Coeur d’Alene Lake and provide recommendations to address issues of concern.

Historical mining activities deposited millions of tons of contaminated sediment into Coeur d’Alene Lake and its tributaries, including zinc, cadmium, and lead. Since the implementation of environmental regulations in the mid-1970s, metal concentrations have declined, though lakeshore development, land use changes, and increased nutrient loads could reverse this success.

The National Academy of Sciences convened an initial meeting of subject matter experts on November 20, 2020, and will proceed with this study over the next 18 months.  

Staff Contact

Jamie Brunner
Lake Management Plan Supervisor
Jamie.Brunner@deq.idaho.gov

Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee to meet virtually on February 24

February 8, 2021

BOISE – Idaho’s Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee will meet virtually on February 24, 2021, to review past program performance and discuss potential program improvements.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon PDT.

The committee was established in 2008 to advise the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on the burning of crop residue on lands other than the five Indian reservations.

The committee is comprised of 11 members appointed to four-year terms by DEQ’s director. Membership is structured to include representatives of environmental, farming, health, and tribal organizations, along with DEQ, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Please check DEQ’s Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee Meeting page for additional information or contact Mark Boyle at 208-666-4607, or mark.boyle@deq.idaho.gov.

DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit for Rapid River Water and Sewer District

February 8, 2021

RIGGINS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit for Rapid River Water and Sewer District located in Riggins, Idaho.

The district was constructed in early 1970s and provides  water and sanitation services to approximately 50 residential homes.  An existing activated sludge wastewater treatment plant with a discharge to a subsurface distribution system provides sanitary sewer to residents.

DEQ developed the reuse permit to provide permitting coverage for the district’s existing subsurface system that ensures public health and the environment continued to be protected.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s State Office, Lewiston Regional Office, and on DEQ’s website. Written comments will be accepted through March 10, 2021, at 5 p.m. PDT.

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

Nicolas Hiebert
Senior Water Quality Engineer
1118 “F” St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
Nicolas.Hiebert@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Draft Permit
Staff Analysis

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

February 4, 2021

COTTONWOOD — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the public comment period for the proposed city of Cottonwood Idaho Pollution Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Permit (ID0021849).

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

The permit authorizes the discharge of treated municipal wastewater to the Cottonwood 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 Comments page.

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

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

Matt Stutzman
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
matthew.stutzman@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for the city of Salmon

February 4, 2021

Salmon — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the city of Salmon Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).

Salmon applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located at 43 Lemhi Hole Road Salmon in Idaho. The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater year round to the Salmon River 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 March 8, 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.), DEQ’s Idaho Falls Regional Office (900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B Idaho Falls, ID) and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by February 18, 2021.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Matt Stutzman, or on DEQ’s Public Comments page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the city of Salmon POTW and permit number (ID0020001).

Matt Stutzman
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID  83706
matthew.stutzman@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
Fact Sheet
Application

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to Garden Valley School District

February 4, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $20,000 to Garden Valley School District in Boise 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 $40,000. The remaining $20,000 will be funded by Garden Valley School District.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ extends comment period on proposed IPDES permit for the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District

December 23, 2020

COEUR D’ALENE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has extended the public comment period for the proposed South Fork Coeur d’Alene River Sewer District Page Wastewater Treatment Facility (Page WWTF) Idaho Pollution Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Permit (ID0023100).

Interested parties now have until February 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST to submit written comments.

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

The draft permit and fact sheet are available for public review at DEQ’s Coeur d’Alene Regional Office, the DEQ State Office and on DEQ’s website.

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

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

Karen Jackson
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID  83706
Email: Karen.Jackson@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

DEQ seeks member at large for Southwest Basin Advisory Group

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks a member at large to represent the general population of 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.

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 general 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 TMDLs
  • 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, 2021, and include a name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and a brief description of involvement in water quality issues.

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

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Weiser

December 28, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $45,000 to the city of Weiser in Washington County, Idaho.

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 $90,000. The remaining $45,000 will be funded by the city of Weiser.

Media Contact

MaryAnna Peavey
Grants and Loans Bureau Chief
(208) 373-0122
MaryAnna.Peavey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ extends public comment opportunity on draft Jervois Mining Ltd. Points of Compliance revision


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

IDAHO FALLS — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is extending the public comment opportunity on a draft surface water Points of Compliance (POC) determination for Jervois Mining Ltd.

The public now has until February 1, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST to submit comments.

A POC is a location at which Idaho’s surface and ground water quality standards must be met. Mine operators are required to protect current and projected beneficial uses of ground water and meet water quality standards.

The draft surface water POC determination for Jervois Mining Ltd. is designed to prevent impacts to surface water while not impacting the Blackbird Mine remediation activities occurring within the same watershed. Changes from 2011 include additional constituents of concern, reduction in some ground wells, and updating the Upper Tolerance Limits with current data unavailable in 2011.

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

Troy Saffle
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Email: troy.saffle@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Jervois Mining Idaho Cobalt Operations POC

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for the city of White Bird

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

WHITE BIRD — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the City of White Bird Publicly Owned Treatment Works.

The city applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its wastewater treatment facility, located on River Road in White Bird, Idaho.

The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater year round to Whitebird Creek 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 January 8, 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.), DEQ’s Lewiston Regional Office (1118 F St. Lewiston) and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held if requested in writing by December 23, 2020 at 5 p.m. MST.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Matt Stutzman or DEQ’s Public Comments page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the City of White Bird Publicly Owned Treatment Works and permit number (ID0024252).

Matt Stutzman
Surface and Wastewater Division
1410 N. Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
Email: matthew.stutzman@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
Email: Lori.Flook@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to the city of American Falls

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $25,000 to the city of American Falls in Power 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 $50,000. The remaining $25,000 will be funded by the city of American Falls.

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the Scenic Properties Water Association, Inc.

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $15,000 to the Scenic Properties Water Association, Inc. 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 $30,000. The remaining $15,000 will be funded by the Scenic Properties Water Association, Inc.

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Lewiston

Friday, November 20, 2020

BOISE — Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $30,000 to the city of Lewiston in Nez Perce 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 $60,000. The remaining $30,000 will be funded by the city of Lewiston.

DEQ accepting applications for 2021 West Silver Valley Woodstove Changeout Program

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

KELLOGG — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting applications for the 2021 West Silver Valley Woodstove Changeout Program.

The changeout program is open to homeowners living in the West Silver Valley Nonattainment Area, which runs from Cataldo to Big Creek, and aims to replace older, inefficient stoves with new, EPA-certified units. Homeowners will work with DEQ and a local vendor to replace their old woodstove beginning in February 2021.

This is the final year of the program, which has contributed to a successful reduction of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution in the West Silver Valley airshed.

In 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designated the West Silver Valley as a nonattainment area for PM2.5, meaning it had violated the federal health-based annual standard for this pollutant. Since then, efforts to reduce local particulate matter have been successful and DEQ submitted a request to EPA to redesignate the area as attainment.

In the last three years, DEQ replaced almost 188 older wood-burning devices with more efficient units and plans to replace additional stoves in the coming year.

Applications are available online at DEQ’s West Silver Valley Air Quality Improvement Projects page and can be mailed upon request. Contact Dan Smith (dan.smith@deq.idaho.gov) for more information.