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Jul 05, 2013


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Paul Kusnierz
Planning, Prevention and Assistance


DEQ Seeks Comments on Water Quality Plans for Lower Blackfoot Area


Helena -- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is holding a meeting to provide information and accept written comments on water quality restoration plans for streams in the lower Blackfoot watershed within Missoula, Granite and Powell counties.

The plan, titled "Lower Blackfoot Nutrients TMDLs and Water Quality Improvement Plan," describes water quality problems and provides total maximum daily loads (i.e., pollution limits) for streams not meeting water quality standards because of excess nutrients. The document also outlines a strategy for improving water quality in order to meet Montana’s water quality standards.

A public information meeting will be held July 18, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Potomac Community Center. DEQ staff will provide information, answer questions, and accept written comments.

The draft document is posted on the DEQ web site at and copies are available at the Blackfoot Challenge Ovando Office at 405 Main Street, Ovando; the Seeley Lake Public Library at 456 Airport Road, Seeley Lake; and the Montana State Library and the State Library in Helena. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m., August 6, 2013 and may be mailed to DEQ, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620, or submitted electronically at

For more information, contact Paul Kusnierz, DEQ, at (406) 444-4205, or by e-mail at DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this open house or meeting. If you require an accommodation, please contact Carrie Greeley at or (406) 444-6749 no later than 11:00 a.m., July 11, 2013.

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