FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar 15, 2012
Planning, Prevention and Assistance
DEQ Seeks Public Comments on the Draft 2012 Nonpoint Source Management Plan
Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has released the 2012 Montana Nonpoint (NPS) Source Management Plan for public review.
The DEQ has developed this plan with assistance from interested partners, to be used as both a background resource and a strategy for action. The 2012 Plan provides information on the sources and impacts of polluted runoff, identifies programs and resources that address NPS pollution, identifies long term strategies for protecting or restoring impacted streams, lakes and wetlands, and describes the set of short-term (5-year) priority actions to ensure clean water.
Nonpoint source pollution occurs when activities on the land allow pollutants to enter waterbodies. The most common pollutants are excessive soil and nutrients. These and other pollutants harm aquatic life, increase costs for water users, and impact recreation. Montana’s citizens are both the source of the problem and the solution, because they can control nonpoint source pollution through their actions and activities.
The draft plan is available on the DEQ web site at www.deq.mt.gov. Public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., April 30, 2012. Comments may be submitted electronically at http://comment.cwaic.mt.gov/ or mailed to Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Attn: Nonpoint Source Program, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, Montana 59620-0901.
For more information, document availability or other questions, please contact Laura Andersen, DEQ Water Quality Specialist, at (406) 444-0549, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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