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Comment sought on Kootenai River temperature plan

September 12, 2018
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on proposed plans to address elevated temperatures in the Kootenai River subbasin. Temperature is a key factor in the health of fish and other cold water organisms.

In the Kootenai River subbasin, recent analyses of water quality data demonstrated that stream temperatures are above recommended levels in Deep and Boundary Creeks due to a lack of shade.

The Assessment of Water Quality in Kootenai River and Moyie River Subbasins: 2018 Temperature TMDL proposes to establish total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) designed to lower temperatures in Deep and Boundary creeks.

The recommended actions seek to bring the streams into compliance with state water quality standards and restore them to conditions supporting their beneficial uses, which include cold water aquatic life, salmonid spawning, domestic water supply and primary contact recreation.

The document is available for review at DEQ’s Coeur d'Alene Regional Office and on DEQ’s website.

Written comments may be submitted through 4 p.m. Friday, October 12, on DEQ’s website, by mail to Robert Steed, DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office , 2110 Ironwood Parkway, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83614, or by email to [email protected].

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