Lake Walcott Watershed Advisory Group (WAG)
Next Scheduled Meeting Date
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Minidoka Irrigation District Office
98 W. 50 South, Rupert
The Mid-Snake WAG was originally created in the late 1980s as an outgrowth of the Mid-Snake Study Group that met representing stakeholder industries of the Upper Snake Rock and Lake Walcott subbasins. The primary purpose and concern was to provide input to DEQ and EPA in restoring the beneficial uses and water quality standards of the Snake River and major tributaries. From this group came the draft Mid-Snake Nutrient Management Plan in 1995; this became the Mid-Snake TMDL in 1997. In 1995, the Mid-Snake WAG was divided into two groups, the Mid-Snake WAG representing the Upper Snake Rock Subbasin, and the Lake Walcott WAG, representing the Lake Walcott Subbasin, the separation being at Milner Dam. The outgrowth of this was the Upper Snake Rock TMDL and the Lake Walcott TMDL, both in 2005. Both WAGs have stakeholder industries that represent irrigation agriculture, aquaculture, confined animal feeding operations, food processors, municipalities, grazing, recreation and forestry. Ground water is also a concern to both WAGs and is also included in the approved TMDLs.
Currently, both WAGs meet quarterly (or as needed) and both continue to provide input to DEQ and EPA on TMDL issues and other water quality related issues. Content on this page is provided for informational purposes while the Lake Walcott WAG and DEQ work to conduct a 5-year review of the Goose Creek Subbasin Assessment, TMDL, and Implementation Plan. Through this cooperative effort and continued public involvement, DEQ's goal is to develop a comprehensive plan aimed at restoring all beneficial uses within the watershed.
Lake Walcott WAG seeks new members
DEQ is seeking representatives from the following industries and interests to serve on the existing Lake Walcott Watershed Advisory Group (WAG): irrigated agriculture, dryland agriculture, rangeland, operator confined livestock, local county governments, food processors, recreation, environmental, electrical power generation, irrigation districts, canal companies, and flood and drainage districts. There are 11 seats available. Learn more.
Meeting Materials 2015-2016
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