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DEQ seeks comment on draft 401 water quality certification for the Salmon Whitewater Park project

Accepting comments from June 7, 2021, through June 28, 2021.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) seeks comment on a draft 401 water quality certification for the Salmon Whitewater Park project.

The Salmon Whitewater Park Association (SWPA) proposes to build, construct and maintain a recreational whitewater park in Salmon, Idaho. A recreational whitewater park will be constructed in the east channel of the Salmon River between Island Park and Veterans’ Park in downtown Salmon, Idaho including: (1) a wave structure, terraced viewing area, and a kids’ play area to provide public recreation opportunities, (2) placement of ecological education signs, (3) replacement of a Lemhi County waterline, and (4) removal of depositional material and bank armoring to reduce Island Park bank erosion. The project area is in the Mid Salmon Panther  Subbasin, USGS hydrologic unit code 17060203 in downtown Salmon, Idaho, Lemhi County  on land managed by the City of Salmon. The U.S. Highway 93 bridge and a pedestrian bridge between Veterans’ Park and Island Park cross the site.

Based upon its review of the certification request, received on 5/12/2021, DEQ certifies that if the permittee complies with the terms and conditions imposed by the permit and the conditions set forth in this water quality certification, then it is reasonable for DEQ to conclude the activity will comply with water quality requirements, including applicable requirements of Sections 301, 302, 303, 306, and 307 of the Clean Water Act, the Idaho Water Quality Standards (WQS), IDAPA 58.01.02, and other appropriate water quality requirements of state law.

Written comments will be accepted through June 28, 2021, at 5 p.m. PDT. Submit comments electronically or by mail or email to:

Troy Saffle
Surface Water Quality Manager
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402

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