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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

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