DEQ seeks comments on water quality plan for lower Boise River

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comments on a proposed plan to improve water quality in the lower Boise River in southwest Idaho.

The lower Boise River has been identified as impaired by total phosphorus. Excess phosphorus can result in elevated algae growth and negatively impact ecological and recreational conditions.

An adendum to  proposes to establish total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) to reduce total phosphorus in the lower Boise River.

The recommended actions seek to bring the lower Boise River into compliance with state water quality standards and restore it to conditions supporting its beneficial uses, which include cold water aquatic life, contact recreation, and salmonid spawning.

The document is available for review at DEQ’s Boise Regional Office and on DEQ’s website, which is linked here.

Submit written comments by 5 p.m. MDT, Monday, July 6, 2015, on DEQ’s website or by mail or e-mail to:

Kati Carberry
DEQ Boise Regional Office
1445 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706