Printed on: May 01, 2013

DEQ seeks public comment on plan

By ALEX STUCKEY
astuckey@postregister.com

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is seeking comment on a proposed plan to improve water quality for Palisades Subbasin bodies of water, after 11 were listed as impaired.

The subbasin drains into the South Fork of the Snake River.

Those 11 bodies of water were listed as impaired in 2010, according to a DEQ news release.

Follow-up investigations found the water quality was impaired in Hawley Gulch Creek, Table Rock Canyon Creek and lower Indian Creek because of excess sediment.

In Rainey Creek, the water quality was impaired because of excess bacteria, the news release said.

The DEQ's plan would establish total maximum daily loads to control excess sediment and reduce bacteria where needed, the release said.

The plan's goal is to restore the bodies of water to conditions supporting cold water aquatic life, salmonid spawning, recreation and domestic water supply.

The document can be reviewed at the DEQ's Idaho Falls Regional Office or on the department's website at http:// tinyurl.com/DEQ-plan.

Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. May 30.

Speak out

To comment on the proposed plan, visit tinyurl.com/DEQ-comment by 5 p.m. May 30 or send comments to Aaron Swift DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office, 900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B, Idaho Falls, ID 83402