DEQ awards $200,0000 to Southside Water and Sewer District in Bonner County

August 1, 2022

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

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced $200,000 in wastewater construction assistance to the Southside Water and Sewer District in Bonner County, Idaho.

The funding will be used to restore sewer lines to affected homes as a result of a mudslide.

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 $318,996 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for the city of Rexburg

July 28, 2022

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to the city of Rexburg 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 Newsroom page, enter an email address, and click the “Subscribe” link.

DEQ seeks source water protection grant applications

July 25, 2022

Contact: Curtis Cooper, Source Water Coordinator, Curtis.Cooper@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking grant applications for the FY23 source water protection funding cycle.

Source water protection grants provide funding for projects that protect or reduce contamination of public drinking water sources.

Eligible projects include:

  • 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

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.

The maximum award per grant is $24,000. Grants cannot be used for personnel or equipment costs associated with operation and maintenance of drinking water systems.

Applications are due September 23, 2022. Electronic submissions are preferred.

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

When in doubt, stay out of the water: Protect yourself and pets from cyanobacterial blooms this summer

July 20, 2022

Contacts:

BOISE – Summer is peak season for cyanobacterial blooms (previously called cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms) and Idahoans are reminded to protect themselves and their pets when recreating in and around water.

“It’s important for the public to take precautions,” said Brian Reese, DEQ’s water quality standards analyst. “Even without a visible bloom, algal or cyanobacteria toxins can be present 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.”

Cyanotoxin exposure primarily occurs from swimming in or swallowing water impacted by a bloom or consuming fish caught in affected waterbodies. Swallowing water impacted by a bloom can lead to stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting. Direct skin contact may also cause skin and eye irritation.

Pets, livestock, and wildlife can get sick or even die after cyanobacteria exposure. Animals are often the first affected because they are more likely to swim in or drink affected water. Wash your pet with freshwater and soap after they swim, and do not let them lick their fur, which can act as a filter and deliver a concentrated dose. Seek veterinary care immediately if your pets or livestock seem sick after going in or near water.

You can protect yourself and your pets by:

  1. Checking the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Recreational Water Health Advisories Map before visiting Idaho’s water bodies. Following health advisories will reduce your chance of exposure and potential illness.
  2. When in doubt, stay out and keep your pets and livestock out of the water. Avoid water that smells bad, looks discolored, or has foam, scum, mats, or paint-like streaks on the surface.
  3. Do not drink or cook with water containing a bloom. Boiling or filtering the water does not remove the toxins and can increase the risk.

Bloom conditions can change quickly and elements such as wind and rain can impact toxin concentrations and bloom location. The time of day and level of sun exposure can also push a bloom up or down within the water column.

DEQ, DHW, Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, and local health officials are encouraging the public to keep an eye out for blooms this summer and take the following precautions when recreating in and around water.

Check for health advisories before you go

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare maintains the Recreational Water Health Advisories Map, which displays health advisories for water bodies across Idaho.

The DHW map also includes advisories on fecal bacteria E. coli exceedances, gastrointestinal norovirus outbreaks, swimmer’s itch warnings, and fish consumption advisories.

Track potential blooms and sample results

DEQ manages the Potential Bloom and Water Quality Sampling Map, which displays sample results and remote sensing data (i.e., satellite data) collected from the Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN).

DEQ created the map to share which water bodies might be experiencing a potential bloom, document where staff collected samples, and upload sample results. The map is updated every 3 to 4 days.

Report a suspected bloom

It is not possible for DEQ to sample and monitor all of Idaho’s water bodies. Instead, DEQ often relies on citizen reports to determine where and when to sample. If you see a potential bloom, notify DEQ using the Harmful Algal Bloom Report form. Include location details and, if possible, pictures of the potential bloom. This will help DEQ locate and sample the site.

Toxic blooms can vary in appearance but can often look like pea soup, grass clippings, spilled paint, mats, green or blue-green foam, or dense surface scum. Some blooms may produce a foul odor.

Additional Resources

You can find answers to frequently asked HABs questions on DEQ’s FAQ page and DHW’s FAQ page. See DHW’s HABs fishing fact sheet for fish consumption information and the CDC’s Animal Safety Alert Fact Sheet for pet safety updates.

DHW and DEQ to host free soil screening event at Gilmore

July 12, 2022

SoilSHOP Date: 

  • Saturday, July 23 from 8 am to 8 pm MST

Contacts:

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and federal partners are hosting a free soil screening event for residents and property owners in Gilmore, Idaho.

The event will be held along Meadow Lake Road (Gilmore Road) on Saturday, July 23 from 8 am to 8 pm.

The “soilSHOP”—Soil screening, Health, Outreach, and Partnership—will provide community members with free lead screening of soil they gather from their property. The screenings are conducted in a matter of minutes, and the agencies will provide information on how people can reduce exposures to lead and other potentially harmful metals found in soil throughout the historic townsite and surrounding area.

Staff from the Lemhi Historical Society, Bureau of Land Management, and the United States Forest Service will also be on site to answer questions about Gilmore history, the surrounding mine lands, and wildfire prevention.

To participate in soil screenings, landowners need to collect a soil sample from their property and bring it to the soilSHOP on Meadow Lake Road (Gilmore Road). Sample collection involves gathering dry soil from areas a landowner is interested in screening and placing the soil into a clean plastic bag. Prior to the event, DHW and DEQ will mail landowners instructions with best practices for collecting soil samples. If needed, sample collection supplies will be available for free during the event.

Background

Large-scale hard rock mining and milling operations took place near Gilmore until the 1950s and left behind contaminated waste in the form of tailings, waste rock, and processed ore. Over time, human activities, wind, and water have distributed contaminated soil across the townsite and surrounding lands.

Lead and arsenic do not break down over time and will remain in soil unless removed. Sampling conducted by DEQ confirmed lead in soil at levels 50+ times higher than considered safe for residential use. Elevated levels of arsenic were also found in soil in some townsite locations.

DEQ to host an interagency open house on cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins

July 7, 2022

Contact: Danielle Terhaar, Water Quality Analyst, Danielle.Terhaar@deq.idaho.gov

CASCADE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites the public to join for an open house event focused on cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins, and water quality monitoring at Cascade Lake.

The event is scheduled for July 13, 2022, from 12 to 6:45 p.m. at the American Legion Hall at 105 E Mill St in Cascade.

Representatives from DEQ, US Geological Survey, US Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Central District Health, Idaho Fish and Game, Idaho Parks and Recreation, Cascade Medical Center, Friends of Lake Cascade, Kelly’s Whitewater Park, and Natural Resources Conservation Service will be available to answer questions about cyanotoxin health effects, water quality sampling and monitoring, public safety, and other related topics.

Cyanobacteria blooms, also called harmful algal blooms, are not uncommon in the warm summer months. Cascade Lake experienced an early bloom in mid-June, sparking questions and concerns among the people. Please meet with us if you would like to learn more.

DEQ seeks comment on proposed expedited settlement action with Conger Management Group, Inc.

July 6, 2022

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks public comment on a proposed settlement action with Conger Management Group, Inc. for violations of the 2022 construction general permit for discharges from construction activities.

Conger Management Group, Inc. obtained coverage under Permit IDR1002S3 as an operator at the Edington Commons Subdivision in Meridian, Idaho. DEQ alleges Conger Management Group, Inc. failed to comply with an applicable condition of the permit.

DEQ prepared an expedited settlement agreement and consent order directing Conger Management Group, Inc. to resolve the violation and either pay a civil penalty or request a compliance conference. Conger Management Group, Inc. has made payment in full for the civil penalty of $450.00 and signed the consent order.

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:

Nicole Deinarowicz
IPDES Compliance and Enforcement Officer
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
1410 N Hilton St.
Boise, ID 83706
Nicole.Deinarowicz@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents

Draft expedited settlement and consent order

$20 million in Leading Idaho funds available for projects that reduce phosphorus pollution in Coeur d’Alene Lake

July 1, 2022

Contact: Jamie Brunner, Lake Management Plan Supervisor, Jamie.brunner@deq.idaho.gov

COEUR D’ALENE — The Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee announced Friday that the period for submitting nutrient-reduction proposals is now open thanks to an additional $20 million made available through Governor Little’s Leading Idaho initiative.

In 2021, Governor Little directed $2 million for “shovel-ready” projects that improve water quality in Coeur d’Alene Lake. This second round of funding aims to advance additional cleanup projects that reduce phosphorus pollution in Coeur d’Alene Lake.

“Coeur d’Alene Lake is the heart of our North Idaho community, playing a crucial role in its culture, economy and way of life. Preserving the lake is an absolute must,” Idaho Governor Brad Little said. “The projects selected by the Coeur d’Alene Lake Advisory Committee and made possible through our Leading Idaho plan are helping to protect the vitality of Coeur d’Alene Lake for our future generations. While we’ve made a lot of progress to protect the lake, we’re taking steps to address the work still needed.”

“This investment demonstrates the commitment that the State of Idaho has to the long-term health of the lake. I want to express my gratitude to Governor Little, committee members, and DEQ staff for their hard work and dedication to improve water quality in Coeur d’Alene Lake,” said DEQ Director Jess Byrne.

The committee 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.

The application can be found on the committee’s Notice of Solicitation page. Applications will are due by September 15, 2022, at 11:59 pm PST.

The committee will meet again in October to review project proposals. A final decision is expected in November.

Submit applications by mail or email to:

Jamie Brunner
DEQ Coeur d’Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
Jamie.brunner@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ seeks grant applications for CAFO Improvement Fund program

July 1, 2022

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

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking grant applications for the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) Improvement Fund program.

The CAFO Improvement Fund was established by the Idaho State Legislature in 2022 to help dairies, feedlots, and other concentrated animal feeding operations implement on-site environmental improvement projects.

Funds will go towards projects that protect and improve air, water, or soil quality and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the site. Projects eligible for CAFO improvement grants are not eligible for other nonpoint source funding through DEQ.

A successful CAFO grant must meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 40% of the total project costs must come from sources other than the CAFO Improvement Fund.
  • Projects must start within one year of the award and be completed within 3 years.
  • Producer must have an approved and current Environmental/Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) in accordance with state regulations and must be in compliance, as demonstrated by the most recent NMP review.
  • Demonstrate how project/equipment/practice will be maintained over time.
  • Project must be implemented within the CAFO management area.

Applicants with more than one CAFO may submit separate applications for multiple facilities but awards will be capped at $1 million per owner/partnership.

Additional information and application materials are available on DEQ’s Confined Animal Feeding Operations Improvement Subgrants in Idaho web page. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2022, at 5 pm MST. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  

Submit completed applications via email to Mary.Anne.Nelson@deq.idaho.gov using the following format for a title subject line: CAFO Improvement Application – insert name of the project.

Final amended consent judgments against Idaho Power Company available for public review

July 1, 2022

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

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is publishing notice that the final amended consent judgments against Idaho Power Company (Idaho Power) have been entered by the courts.

The complaints were filed on April 7, 2022, in Ada, Gooding, Jerome, Owyhee, Power, Twin Falls, and Valley counties for violations of the Clean Water Act at 15 hydroelectric projects located on the Snake River or its tributaries.

The complaints allege discharge of pollutants to waters of the United States without a permit in violation of the Clean Water Act as well as Idaho Code § 39-101, et seq. and the “Rules Regulating the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) Program” (IDAPA 58.01.25).

In January 2022, Idaho Power submitted a self-reporting document describing the potential of pH, temperature, and oil and grease discharges from normal operations at the facilities from non-contact cooling water along with discharges from equipment and floor drains. DEQ reviewed the reporting document and determined that the facilities identified in the report did not have IPDES permit coverage as required by law.

As a result of the reporting document and negotiations with Idaho Power, DEQ proceeded with civil complaints in county courts where the facility discharges are located.

In compliance with Idaho Code § 39-108(9) and IDAPA 58.01.25.500.04., DEQ provided a public comment opportunity on the proposed settlement to the complaints. Written comments on the proposed settlement, a court entered consent judgment, were accepted through May 9, 2022. Comments were received from ten interested parties. A response to those comments has been mailed to the commenters and is also available below. 

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

Related Documents
Idaho Power Company Consent Judgment Response to Comments

DEQ awards nearly $83,000 to three drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

June 30, 2022

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

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $82,467 to three drinking water and wastewater systems to help the facilities evaluate system deficiencies and determine necessary upgrades.

The systems include Country Haven Utilities Association Inc., Terrace Lakes Water Company, and the city of Juliaetta. 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.

“Families, farmers, ranchers, and all Idaho residents rely on clean, efficient water and wastewater systems,” Idaho Governor Brad Little said. “These systems are not only a crucial part of our way of life but our economy as well. Funding for these projects from my Leading Idaho plan aims to ensure that Idaho residents – especially those in our rural communities – can depend on our water and wastewater infrastructure for generations to come.”

Country Haven Utilities Association, Inc. – Country Haven Utilities Association Inc. in Bingham County was awarded $14,967 to prepare a drinking water planning study to evaluate the current drinking water system and identify needed improvements. The total eligible project cost is $29,935, and the remaining $14,967 will be funded by Country Haven Utilities Association, Inc.

Terrace Lakes Water Company – Terrace Lakes Water Company in Boise County was awarded $30,000 to prepare a drinking water planning study to evaluate the current drinking water system and identify needed improvements. The total eligible project cost is $60,000, and the remaining $30,000 will be funded by Terrace Lakes Water Company.

City of Juliaetta – The city of Juliaetta in Latah County was awarded $37,500 to prepare a wastewater planning study to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives for any needed improvements. The total eligible project cost is $75,000, and the remaining $37,500 will be funded by 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.

With wildfire season approaching, DEQ reminds public of available air quality resources  

June 30, 2022

Contact: Mark Boyle, Smoke Management Supervisor, Mark.Boyle@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is encouraging the public to prepare for smoke impacts this year during what is expected to be another active wildfire season. 

Wildfire smoke from local and regional fires typically impact Idaho’s air quality from around July to September. Smoke can be particularly harmful to people with underlying health conditions, pregnant women, children, and older individuals.  

The following resources are available to help you make informed decisions about your health this wildfire season. 

Wildfire smoke blog 

DEQ’s Idaho Smoke Information blog is a daily publication coordinated by DEQ with other state, county, tribal, and federal agencies. The blog is a helpful resource to learn about current air quality in your area and the rest of the state, fires affecting local air quality, expected smoke impacts, regional air quality advisories, and who to contact if you have questions.   

Real-time air quality map

DEQ’s real-time air quality map provides the latest air quality data from DEQ and Tribal monitors. Each dot on the interactive map represents an active air quality monitor, and the color of each dot corresponds with the current Air Quality Index (AQI) category based on the latest available data. Learn more on DEQ’s Air Quality Index web page. 

Air quality forecasts 

The Air Quality Forecasts page provides daily air quality forecasts for certain areas throughout state. DEQ forecasts the expected AQI for three days and identifies the main pollutant of concern.  

The page also includes burn restrictions, air quality advisories, links to the outdoor open burning and real-time air quality maps, and the 10-day AQI trend. 

Air quality mobile app 

The AIR Idaho app provides current air quality information relative to your location and across the state. It also provides the three-day air quality forecast, open burning restrictions, tips to protect your health, and a list of regional and statewide air quality resources. 

Download the app for free at the App Store for iPhone or Google Play

Additional resources 

DEQ encourages the public to sign up for daily email notifications through EPA’s Enviroflash service and follow us on social media. We regularly post important health and safety information as well as air quality forecasts and advisories.

You can also monitor wildfire activity in your area and review Idaho Health and Welfare’s community guide for staying healthy during wildfire smoke events

DEQ awards $2.7 million to city of Grand View in Owyhee County

June 24, 2022

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

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $2,770,750 low-interest drinking water construction loan to the city of Grand View in Owyhee County.

The funding will be used for rehabilitation and repair of a well, water quality testing and monitoring, an ion exchange nitrate treatment system, and water distribution system improvements.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water or wastewater systems. Since the annual cost of drinking water service for residential customers exceeds 1.5% of the median household income, the city of Grand View 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 1.5% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has $63,655 in principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent a $1,165,162 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ Awards $500,000 to the city of St. Maries in Benewah County

June 23, 2022

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

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of $500,000 in drinking water construction assistance to the city of St. Maries in Benewah County.

The funding will be used to replace lead water piping.

This loan from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable assistance terms represent $782,515 in savings to the community when compared to the average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ awards $5.3 million to Laclede Water District in Bonner County

June 23, 2022

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

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $5,320,000 low-interest drinking water construction loan to Laclede Water District in Bonner County.

The funding will be used for a new duplex intake pump system, including backup power and radio telemetry system; new ultrafiltration membrane water treatment plant; new duplex treated water transfer pumps; new 200,000-gallon reservoir, including radio telemetry system; new duplex booster pumps, backup power, and a visual pump failure alarm system installed in the booster station; and approximately 7,400 LF of new 4-inch PVC transmission mains to and from the booster station.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water or wastewater systems. Since the annual cost of drinking water service for residential customers exceeds 1.5% of the median household income, Laclede Water District 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 Environmental Protection Agency, carries a simple 1.5% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has $721,321 in principal forgiveness.  The favorable loan terms represent $2,983,357 in savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

Public invited to townhall meetings on Institutional Controls Program at Bunker Hill Superfund Site

June 21, 2022

Contact: Andy Helkey, Kellogg Remediation Manager, Andy.Helkey@deq.idaho.gov

KELLOGG – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Panhandle Health District (PHD), and Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission (BEIPC) Citizen Coordinating Council (CCC) are hosting two townhall meetings on proposed changes to the regulatory framework for the Institutional Controls Program (ICP) at the Bunker Hill Superfund Site.

The ICP is a local program designed to ensure the integrity of protective barriers placed over contaminants left behind from legacy mining. The PHD office in Kellogg has managed the ICP for over 25 years under health district rules. However, due to regulatory changes introduced during the 2021 legislative session, DEQ and PHD are working collaboratively to draft a statute, which would be sponsored by DEQ, to provide a more permanent solution for the ICP regulatory framework.

Under the proposed statute, the ICP would move under DEQ’s authority while PHD would continue to administer the program locally. This would maintain the program as-is with no major day-to-day changes in how the ICP operates.

The BEIPC CCC will host two public meetings to discuss the regulatory changes. The first meeting is scheduled for July 12, 2022, at 9 am PDT at the DEQ Coeur d’Alene Regional Office (2110 Ironwood Parkway in Coeur d’Alene). The second meeting is scheduled for August 16, 2022, at 9 am PDT at the Shoshone Medical Center Community Outreach Center (9 Country Club Lane in Pinehurst).

Additional information is available on DEQ’s Bunker Hill Superfund Site webpage. For technical assistance or questions concerning this process, contact Andy Helkey, DEQ’s Kellogg remediation manager:

Andy Helkey, Kellogg Remediation Manager
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
1005 McKinley Ave.
Kellogg, ID 83837
(208) 783-5781
Andy.Helkey@deq.idaho.gov

DEQ awards $6,857,000 to the Kidd Island/Harbor View Joint Sewer Board in Kootenai County

June 16, 2022

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

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $6,857,000 low-interest drinking water construction loan to Kidd Island/Harbor View Joint Sewer Board in Kootenai County.

The funding will be used for the design, acquisition, construction, and installation of improvements to the existing treatment and collection system, and the acquisition of easements and/or rights-of-way, as necessary.

DEQ is authorized by state law to make loans to assist in the construction of public drinking water or wastewater systems. Since the annual cost of drinking water service for residential customers exceeds one and one-half percent of the median household income, Kidd Island Bay/Harbor View Joint Sewer Board 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 1.5% interest rate, is payable over 30 years, and has $777,955 in principal forgiveness. The favorable loan terms represent $3,091,949 in savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

DEQ announces up to $133,300 in grant funding to support sustainable materials management projects

June 16, 2022

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

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

The funding is made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Materials Management program, which promotes using and reusing materials more productively over their entire lifecycles.

As much as $133,300 will be made available to support selected projects for the period between November 7, 2022, and November 3, 2023.

Previously, Sustainable Materials Management grant funds have supported projects that increase the recycling and re-use 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 re-use materials or divert them from the landfill while demonstrating long term financial sustainability.

More information on eligibility, acceptable projects, and proposal submission can be found on DEQ’s Vendor Opportunities page.

DEQ seeks comment on draft wastewater reuse permit for Avimor Water Reclamation Company

June 15, 2022

Contact: Dan Smith, Water Quality Engineer, dan.m.smith@deq.idaho.gov

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft wastewater reuse permit for Avimor Water Reclamation Company.

The facility owns and operates a private municipal wastewater treatment plant and municipal Class B recycled water reuse facilities in the Avimor Planned Community, approximately ten miles north of the city of Eagle, Idaho. In 2020, the facility reused approximately 23.6 million gallons of recycled water on approximately 22 acres of landscaped common areas interspersed within the community, along with rapid infiltration basins during the winter non-growing season.

The draft permit would continue the limits and monitoring established during permit M-211-03. It would also increase the allowable hydraulic loading rate to the rapid infiltration basins, which would allow the facility to operate at the basins’ original design capacity as opposed to the reduced capacity required by previous permits as a safety factor for a new treatment system.

The draft permit also establishes monitoring requirements, limits on nutrient and hydraulic loading, and conditions 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 is available for public review at DEQ’s State Office (1410 North Hilton Street), DEQ’s Boise Regional Office (1445 North Orchard Street), and on DEQ’s Public Comment Opportunities page. Written comments will be accepted through July 15, 2022, at 5 pm MST. Submit comments electronically on DEQ’s website or by mail or email to:

Dan Smith
Water Quality Engineer
Idaho Department of Environmental Quality
1445 North Orchard St., Boise, Idaho 83706
dan.m.smith@deq.idaho.gov

Related Documents
Draft permit
Staff analysis

DEQ to host open house on cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins

June 14, 2022

Contact: Amie Parris, Senior Water Quality Scientist, Amie.Parris@deq.idaho.gov

TWIN FALLS—The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) invites the public to join for an open house event focused on cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins, and water quality monitoring on Cascade Lake.

The event is scheduled for June 21, 2022, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Twin Falls Regional Office, 650 Addison Ave. West, Suite 110.

Representatives from DEQ will be available to answer questions about cyanotoxin health effects, water quality sampling and monitoring, public safety, and other related topics.

Cyanobacteria blooms, also called harmful algal blooms, are not uncommon in the warm summer months. However, as blooms become more frequent throughout Idaho, it is important for the public to understand why they are occurring and why blooms pose a public health risk.

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

May 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

DEQ seeks comment on proposed Idaho Power Company settlement

April 7, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Documents

Consent Judgment
Consent Judgment Exhibit A
Fact Sheet

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

April 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

March 28, 2022

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

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

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

Background

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

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

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

March 23, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 14, 2022

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

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

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

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

DEQ seeks grant applicants for 2023 agricultural best management practices program

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

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

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

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

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

Projects can begin on July 1, 2022.

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

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

March 1, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

February 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

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

February 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

DEQ extends Sustainable Materials Management grant deadline

February 9, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 3, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

DEQ seeks representatives for the Kootenai Bay Watershed Advisory Group

January 26, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

Responsibilities of WAG members include:

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

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

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

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

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

January 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

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

December 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 8, 2021

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

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

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

Key WAG responsibilities are to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Documents
Public Notice
Variance

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

December 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

December 3, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 1, 2021

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

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

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

Public reminded to refrain from nonessential open burning

November 29, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Contact

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

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for The Edge Resort

November 23, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Documents
Draft permit
Draft fact sheet
Application

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

November 18, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 17, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEQ seeks an agricultural representative for Southwest Basin Advisory Group

November 12, 2021

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

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

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

Responsibilities include advising DEQ on:

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

Members are unpaid but are reimbursed for travel expenses.

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

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

DEQ releases 2022 IPDES Permit Issuance Plan

November 8, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

November 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Related Documents

Draft Permit
Draft Fact Sheet

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Preston

October 26, 2021

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

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

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

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