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Comment sought on water quality improvement plan for Crooked Creek

Deadline is June 7

Public comment is sought by June 7 on proposed plans to address elevated temperatures in Crooked Creek located in the Middle Salmon River-Chamberlain Creek Subbasin.

Actions are proposed, according to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), to address elevated temperatures in the creek that extends through Dixie, enters the Gospel Hump Wilderness Area and reaches the Salmon River north of Warren.

According to DEQ, temperature is a key factor in the health of fish and other cold-water organisms. Recent analyses of water quality data demonstrated that temperatures are above recommended levels in Crooked Creek due to a lack of shade.

The Middle Salmon River-Chamberlain Creek Subbasin and Crooked Creek Total Maximum Daily Load: 2017 Temperature TMDL and Five-Year Review proposes to establish total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) designed to lower temperatures in Crooked Creek and its tributaries.

The recommended actions seek to bring the streams into compliance with state water quality standards and restore conditions that support beneficial uses, including cold water aquatic life and salmonid spawning.

View the project documents online at .

Send comments to Mark Shumar, DEQ State Office, Water Quality Division, 1410 N. Hilton, Boise, ID 83706; .


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