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Paul Driscoll

Peter Brumm


DEQ Seeks Comments on Metals in Little Blackfoot Watershed


Helena -- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on a new report on metals in the Little Blackfoot watershed. The document is available online at this link:

The document will be the subject of a public information meeting to be held on Monday, February 24, 2014 at the Community Center in Avon, Montana.

In simple terms, a total maximum daily load (TMDL) is a plan to attain and maintain water quality standards in waters that do not currently meet them. This document covers streams not meeting water quality standards due to metals impairment. Metals were not addressed in the 2011 Little Blackfoot River Watershed TMDLs and Framework Water Quality Improvement Plan and the current document is an amendment to that plan.

The evening meeting will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Agency representatives will provide an open house-style forum to provide information about the document, answer questions, and engage in discussion.

Copies of the document are also available at the Deer Lodge Valley Conservation District and at the State Library in Helena, Montana. Public comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., February 26, 2014. Comments may be mailed to Montana Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, Montana 59620-0901, or submitted electronically at: Only comments that pertain to the addendum document will be accepted.

For more information, document availability, or other questions, please contact Peter Brumm at (406) 457-5029, or by e-mail at:

The DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this open house. If you require an accommodation, please contact Carrie Greeley (406) 444-6749, or by e-mail no later than noon, February 19, 2014.

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