Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

01/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/10/2019 17:25

January 10, 2019 DEQ seeks scientific data on Idaho waters for 2018-2020 Integrated Report

Thursday, January 10, 2019

BOISE - The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking scientific data to assist the agency in evaluating water quality in all Idaho rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs for a combined 2018-2020 Integrated Report.

The Integrated Report is a biennial report that describes ongoing efforts to monitor, assess, track, and restore the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of Idaho waters. Within the Integrated Report, water bodies are classified into at least one of five categories ranging from meeting standards to impairment for one or more beneficial uses.

DEQ welcomes submittal of water quality data to assess water bodies for all categories in the Integrated Report. Particularly useful are data collected in the last five years (2014 to present). For all data collected and analyzed, provide a monitoring plan with the quality assurance and quality controls reported.

Before submitting data, interested parties are advised to review DEQ's Water Body Assessment Guidance (download at right) to learn more about using external data for water quality assessments, particularly Section 4.2: Existing and Readily Available Data Policy, and the additional guidance sheet for information about commonly submitted data.

To submit data, visit DEQ's website at www.deq.idaho.gov/ir-call-for-data.

The deadline for submitting data is March 11, 2019, at 5 p.m. MST.

For questions or more information, contact Jason Pappani at (208) 373-0515 or [email protected]