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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.

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