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Feb 03, 2014


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Christina Staten
Planning, Prevention and Assistance


DEQ Invites Water Quality Comments on Kootenai-Fisher Project Area


Helena -- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public meeting to provide information and accept written comment on water quality improvement plans for streams in the Kootenai River and Fisher River watersheds. The meeting will be held Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Libby Public Schools Central Administration Building in Libby, MT, located at 724 Louisiana Avenue. DEQ staff will provide information, answer questions, and accept written comment.

The Kootenai-Fisher Plan describes total maximum daily loads (TMDLs, also known as pollution limits) for metals, nutrients, sediment, and temperature. Additionally, the document outlines a Water Quality Improvement Plan. Surface water quality problems have been identified in Lincoln County for Big Cherry, Bristow, Lake, Libby, Quartz, Snowshoe, and Stanley Creeks in the Kootenai River watershed and for Raven and Wolf Creeks in the Fisher River watershed. The plan also provides total pollution limits for these streams and outlines a strategy for improving water quality in order to meet Montana’s surface water quality standards.

Please note that this document is NOT related to clean-up operations for asbestos contamination in Libby or for permitting of the Montanore mine.

The draft Kootenai-Fisher Project Area Metals, Nutrients, Sediment, and Temperature TMDLs and Water Quality Improvement Plan document is posted on the DEQ web site at and copies are available at the Libby and Troy Public Libraries and the Montana State Library in Helena. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., March 4, 2014 and may be mailed to DEQ, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620, or submitted electronically at

For more information, document availability, or other questions, please contact Christina Staten at (406) 444-2836, or by e-mail at DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this meeting. If you require special accommodation, please contact Carrie Greeley at or (406) 444-6749 no later than 11:00 a.m., February 10, 2014.

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