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Apr 04, 2013

 

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Dean Yashan
Planning, Prevention and Assistance
406-444-5317

 

Agencies Seek Comments on Water Quality Plans for Judith Mountains Project Area

 

Helena -- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the EPA are holding a meeting to provide information and accept comments on water quality restoration plans for the Judith Mountains Project Area, which is northeast of Lewistown, in Fergus and Blaine counties.

The plan, titled "Judith Mountains Project Area TMDLs and Framework Water Quality Improvement Plan," describes water quality problems in streams in the area and provides total maximum daily loads (i.e., pollution limits) for streams not meeting water quality standards because of excess sediment, nutrients, and metals. The document also discusses best management practices that can be used to improve water quality and potential funding sources.

A public information meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Fergus Conservation District Office, 211 McKinley St., in Lewistown, Montana. Staff will provide information about the document and answer questions.

The draft document is available on the DEQ web site at http://deq.mt.gov/pubcom.mcpx. Copies are available at the Fergus and Blaine Conservation District offices, and at the State Library in Helena, Montana. Public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., May 3, 2013. Comments may be mailed to Montana Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, Montana 59620-0901, or submitted electronically at http://comment.cwaic.mt.gov.

This document is a joint project between DEQ and EPA. For more information, document availability, or other questions, please contact Lisa Kusnierz, EPA, at (406) 457-5001, or by e-mail at Kusnierz.lisa@epa.gov. DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this meeting. If you need an accommodation, please contact Carrie Greeley at: cgreeley@mt.gov or 406-444-6749 by April 12, 2013.

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