DEQ conducts additional sampling at Payette Lake

August 27, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 25, 2021

BOISE – The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to the Idaho Wildlife and Water Quality Group, LLC for preliminary review.

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

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

Staff Contact

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

DEQ seeks comment on proposed plan to lower temperature, sediment, and bacteria in Beaver-Camas subbasin

August 24, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 23, 2021

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

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

The total eligible cost of the project is $33,400. The remaining $16,700 will be funded by Evans Water Corporation and Homeowners Association.

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

DEQ expands statewide cyanobacteria and cyanotoxin response efforts

August 19, 2021

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

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

This includes:

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

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

Toxins can be present at varying concentrations

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

Weather can impact bloom locations and toxin concentrations

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

Lab tests can detect common toxins, but not all toxins

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

Health advisories are issued at a certain threshold

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

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

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

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

DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for the city of Dreary

August 12, 2021

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to the City of Deary for preliminary review.

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

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

Staff Contact
Jonathan Drygas
IPDES Permit Writer
Jonathan.Drygas@deq.idaho.gov

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

July 29, 2021

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

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

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $132,023 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation issuances.

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

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

October 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

July 27, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

July 8, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

DEQ attains primacy over state pollutant discharge program

July 7, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 6, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

DEQ seeks candidates to serve on Crop Residue Burning Advisory Committee

July 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Submit application materials or questions to:

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

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

June 29, 2021

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

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

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $205,146 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

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

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

June 28, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to the city of Menan

June 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

June 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 8, 2021

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

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

The total eligible cost of the project is $30,000. The remaining $15,000 will be funded by Arrowhead Ranch Water Association, Inc.

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

DEQ 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 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 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 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 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 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

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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

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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.

DEQ releases 2021 IPDES Permit Issuance Plan

Friday, December 04, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today released the 2021 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, 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 Program.

On July 1, 2020, DEQ assumed delegated authority for non-storm water discharge general permits in Idaho. DEQ also assumed delegated authority for municipal and non-municipal individual permits on July 1, 2018 and 2019, respectively.

With this change in permitting authority, non-storm water general permits for discharges into waters of the US in Idaho not on tribal land will be issued by DEQ in accordance with the phased implementation plan in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DEQ and EPA.

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DEQ seeks scientific data on Idaho waters for 2022 Integrated Report

Friday, December 04, 2020

Boise — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking scientific data to assist the agency in evaluating water quality in all Idaho rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs for Idaho’s 2022 Integrated Report.

The report describes DEQ’s ongoing efforts to monitor, assess, track, and restore the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the state’s surface waters.

Within the report, water bodies are classified into at least one of five categories, ranging from meeting water quality standards to impairment by one or more pollutants.

DEQ welcomes submittal of water quality data to assess water bodies for all categories in the report. Particularly useful are data collected within the last five years (2016 to the present) that haven’t been previously submitted to DEQ. For all submitted data, provide a monitoring plan with the quality assurance and quality controls reported.

Before submitting data, interested parties are advised to review DEQ’s Water Body Assessment Guidance (download at right) to learn more about how DEQ uses external data for water quality assessments, including Section 4.2, “Existing and Readily Available Data Policy.” Interested parties are also advised to review the additional guidance sheet (download at right) for more information about commonly submitted water quality data.

The deadline for submitting data is February 4, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST.

For questions or more information, contact Robert Esquivel at (208) 373-0153 or at robert.esquivel@deq.idaho.gov.

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DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for 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 News and 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

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DEQ seeks comment on draft water reuse permit for Rigby Produce, Inc.

Friday, December 11, 2020

HAMER — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a draft water reuse permit for Rigby Produce, Inc.

The permit authorizes Rigby Produce, Inc. to operate a water reuse system for five years. It allows recycled water from potato washing to be used to irrigate crops during the growing season and applied at limited rates to fields during the non-growing season.

As part of the permitting process, the facility is required to show how it will address public health and environmental concerns, including methods of preventing surface and ground water contamination.

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.

Written comments on the draft permit will be accepted through January 11, 2021, at 5 p.m. MST.

The draft permit and staff analysis are available for public review at DEQ’s Idaho Falls Regional Office (900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B) and on DEQ’s website (download at right).

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

Andrew John
Technical Services Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
Email: andrew.john@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ prepares IPDES preliminary draft permit for the city of Salmon

Monday, December 14, 2020

SALMON — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is releasing an Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) preliminary draft permit to the city of Salmon for preliminary review.

The city 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 News Page and click the ’Subscribe to this page‘ link.

DEQ seeks comment on draft IPDES permit for city of Richfield wastewater treatment facility

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

RICHFIELD — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (IPDES) permit for the city of Richfield Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF).

The city applied for a wastewater discharge permit for its public wastewater treatment facility, located at 1568 East Highway 26 in Richfield, Idaho.

The proposed permit would authorize the discharge of treated municipal wastewater November through April to the Little Wood River for five years. The permit identifies the pollutants of concern and lists 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 14, 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 Twin Falls Regional Office (650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110), and on DEQ’s website. A public meeting may be held, if requested in writing, by December 29, 2020.

Comments and questions regarding this process should be directed to Karen Jackson or at DEQ’s Public Comments page. Comments should address water quality considerations and include supporting materials where available. Comments should also reference the facility name and permit number (ID0021211).

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

Please submit request for public meeting electronically on DEQs website, by mail, or email to Lori Flook.

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

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

BOISE — 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 20, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. PST at the Lewiston Community Center, located at1424 Main Street in Lewiston, Idaho. DEQ staff will be available to answer questions before the meeting starting at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Remote attendance is encouraged and the public can provide comments via telephone and video conference. To sign up for remote attendance via telephone and video conferencing, contact Daryl Sawyer by January 14, 2021.

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.

The variance and fact sheet are available at DEQ’s offices in Boise (1410 N. Hilton) and Lewiston (1118 F. St.) and on DEQ’s website.

Staff Contact

Daryl Sawyer
Hazardous Waste Permit Writer
(208) 373-0547
Daryl.Sawyer@deq.idaho.gov

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DEQ awards $118,000 to the Garden Valley Ranchettes Homeowners Association, Boise County

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a $118,000 low-interest drinking water construction assistance to the Garden Valley Ranchettes Homeowners Association in Boise County

The funding will be used to construct a new reservoir as part of the emergency effort.

The assistance from DEQ’s State Revolving Loan Fund, which is capitalized annually by grants from the Environmental Protection Agency, provides this funding with no repayment obligation. The favorable loan terms represent a $162,254 savings to the community when compared to average costs for municipal general obligation debt issuances.

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DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to the Santa Fernwood Water and Sewer District

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $30,000 to the Santa Fernwood Water and Sewer District in Benewah 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 $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 awards wastewater planning grant to the city of Craigmont

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $37,500 to the city of Craigmont in Lewis 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 $75,000. The remaining $37,500 will be funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the Camp Fire Inc., Kootenai County

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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 awards wastewater planning grant to the city of Cottonwood, Idaho County

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $51,960 to the city of Cottonwood in Idaho County.

The funds will be used to prepare a 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 $103,920. The remaining $51,960 will be funded by the city of Cottonwood.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the Golf Club Estates Water Association, Inc., Bonner County

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

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

The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water planning study 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 Golf Club Estates Water Association Inc.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ awards wastewater planning grant to the city of Homedale, Owyhee County

Monday, August 10, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a wastewater planning grant for $40,000 to the city of Homedale, in Owyhee 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 $80,000. The remaining $40,000 will be funded by the city of Homedale.

Staff Contact

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

DEQ awards drinking water planning grant to the city of Grand View, Owyhee County

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) today announced the award of a drinking water planning grant for $27,500 to the city of Grand View in Owyhee 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 $70,606. The remaining $43,106 will be funded by the city of Grand View.

Staff Contact

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