Public meeting July 15th

DEQ Invites Comments on Beaverhead and Jefferson Rivers Water Temperature Study & TMDLs

Helena — The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold two public meetings to provide information, answer questions, and accept written comment on a document describing water quality improvement plans for reducing water temperatures in portions of the Beaverhead and Jefferson Rivers.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Search and Rescue building in Dillon, MT, located just outside of town at 1000 Highway 41. The second meeting will be held Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall in Whitehall, MT, located at 2 North Whitehall Street.

The “Lower Beaverhead River and Upper Jefferson River Temperature TMDLs” document describes a temperature study conducted on the lower portion of the Beaverhead River located in Beaverhead County and the upper portion of the Jefferson River located in Silver Bow, Jefferson, and Madison Counties. These two river segments do not meet water quality standards for temperature, and the document provides total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) to help address these problems and outlines a strategy for reducing surface water temperatures in the two rivers.

The draft document is available on the DEQ web site at http://deq.mt.gov/pubcom.mcpx and copies are available at the Dillon, Twin Bridges, and Whitehall Public Libraries and the Montana State Library in Helena. Comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., August 7, 2014, and may be mailed to DEQ, P.O. Box 200901, Helena, MT 59620, or submitted electronically at http://comment.cwaic.mt.gov/.

For more information, contact Kristy Fortman at (406) 444-7425 or by e-mail at kfortman@mt.gov. DEQ will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in either meeting. If you require special accommodation, please contact Carrie Greeley at cgreeley@mt.gov or (406) 444-6749 no later than July 10, 2014.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Kristy Fortman

DEQ Planning, Prevention and Assistance

Project Manager

406-444-7425

Paul Driscoll

DEQ Planning, Prevention and Assistance

Public Information Officer

406-444-6421

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