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Mar 03, 2014

 

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

 

DEQ SEEKING COMMENTS ON WATER QUALITY REPORT

 

Helena – The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on Montana's 2014 Draft Water Quality Integrated Report – a catalog of Montana water bodies assessed to date and their water quality standards attainment status. Comments will be accepted during a 60-day public comment period from February 24 through April 25, 2014.

The report includes: a list of Montana waterbodies that are impaired and in need of water quality restoration; the sub-set of impaired waters that require development of specific total maximum daily loads (TMDLs, or pollution limits), and known as the 303(d) list; and a summary of state water quality information, known as the 305(b) report.

The draft report contains revisions to the list of impaired waters, changes in assessment information for waters already on the list, and the schedule for preparing TMDLs. A TMDL is the total amount of a pollutant that a waterbody may receive from all sources without exceeding water quality standards.

The draft report identifies 856 waters impaired by pollution and/or pollutants in various categories. DEQ will use comments received to prepare the final 2014 Integrated Report for submittal to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.

DEQ's report submittal to the EPA consists of the report document and appendices, assessment data, and geo-referenced assessment unit files for mapping. The department provides access to the complete report data and information via its Clean Water Act Information Center web application: www.cwaic.mt.gov Anyone experiencing problems accessing this site should contact Pamela Arroues, Montana Integrated Report Coordinator, by phone at (406) 444-6763 or by email at: parroues@mt.gov

Comments on the report or 303(d) list should be submitted electronically via the Public Comment page available at: http://comment.cwaic.mt.gov/commentpage.aspx?cmntkey=W7ts2L38ME

Comments may also be mailed to: Integrated Report Coordinator, Department of Environmental Quality, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620-0901. DEQ cannot guarantee that comments received after the April 25, 2014 closing date will be considered in developing the final report.

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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