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Paul Driscoll
Planning, Prevention and Assistance
406-444-6421

 

DEQ Invites Comment on Water Quality Targets for Clark Fork River and its Tributaries

 

Helena -- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is holding public meetings to provide information and accept written comments on water quality improvement plans for Silver Bow Creek, the Clark Fork River and their tributaries.

Meetings will be held in Butte, Deer Lodge, and Missoula in mid-March.

The documents provide total maximum daily loads (TMDLs – pollution limits) for these water bodies to help address these problems and outline a strategy for improving water quality in order to meet Montana’s surface water quality standards.

"Protecting water quality is key to helping communities prosper," said DEQ Director Tracy Stone-Manning. "That’s why we’re looking forward to what the public has to say about these proposals to achieve clean water in the Clark Fork watershed."

Here’s more on each of the documents, the water bodies they cover, and opportunities for the public to comment:

Silver Bow Creek and Clark Fork River Metals TMDLs: Includes Silver Bow Creek and the Clark Fork River from its headwaters to the confluence with the Flathead River near Plains, Montana. Public comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. March 24, 2014, for this document.

Addendum to the Upper Clark Fork River Tributaries Sediment, Metals, and Temperature TMDLs and Framework for Water Quality Restoration: Includes Browns Gulch Creek, Lost Creek, and Warm Springs Creek near Phosphate, Montana. Public comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. April 2, 2014, for this document.

Upper Clark Fork Phase 2 TMDLs and Framework Water Quality Improvement Plan: Includes Dempsey Creek, Dunkleberg Creek, Gold Creek, Hoover Creek, Lost Creek, Peterson Creek, Silver Bow Creek, Willow Creek, and the Clark Fork River upstream of its confluence with Flint Creek near Drummond, Montana. Public comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. April 2, 2014, for this document

All of the draft documents are available on the DEQ web site at: http://deq.mt.gov/pubcom.mcpx. Copies are available at the Anaconda, Butte, Deer Lodge, Missoula, and Superior public libraries, and also at the State Library in Helena. 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/

Public meeting details are as follows:

Butte: March 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. at the Natural Resource Damage Program Office, 65 E. Broadway, Butte. All three documents will be presented at this meeting.

Deer Lodge: March 11, 2014, 6:00 p.m. at the Powell County Community Center, 416 Cottonwood Ave., Deer Lodge. All three documents will be presented at this meeting.

Missoula: March 12, 2014, 5:30 p.m. at the University of Montana - Continuing Education Conference Center, James E. Todd Building, Room 204, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula. Silver Bow Creek and Clark Fork River Metals TMDLs will be the only document presented at this meeting.

DEQ staff will provide information, answer questions, and accept written comments at the meetings.

For more information on this initiative, document availability, or other questions, the public may contact Jordan Tollefson at (406) 444-5341, or by email at: jtollefson@mt.gov 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 cgreeley@mt.gov or call (406) 444-6749 no later than 5:00 p.m. March 6, 2014.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Paul Driscoll
Public Information Officer
DEQ Planning, Prevention and Assistance
406-444-6421

Chris Saeger
Communications Director
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Office: 406-444-2667
Mobile: 406-461-6183

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