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April 16 comment deadline on Kooskia, Kamiah proposals for DEQ wastewater planning grants

The cities of Kooskia and Kamiah are seeking a total $65,000 in wastewater planning grants through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), which is seeking public comment on these and other requests for possible approval in fiscal year 2019.

How To Comment

Submit comments on DEQ’s website, by mail or e-mail: Tim Wendland, Water Quality Division, DEQ State Office, 1410 N. Hilton, Boise, ID 83706;

DEQ’s draft FY19 plan has 31 requests for wastewater planning grants, available funding for which is $350,000.

Kamiah is ranked 11th in its $30,000 proposal – total cost of $60,000 – to address infrastructure deterioration and evaluate potential stricter NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) requirements.

According to its proposal, the City of Kamiah is concerned with increased costs associated with operation and maintenance; in addition, the operators are concerned with the condition of the concrete basin. The facility plan is intended to address issues with blower motors, chart and data recorders, screens at the headworks, and generally updating facility.

Kooskia is ranked 18th in its $35,000 proposal – total cost $70,000 – to study infiltration/inflow problems, and address current and upcoming permit requirements.

According to its proposal, the City of Kooskia needs to develop a facility plan to meet conditions of its NPDES permit, which triggers a planning document based on flow to its treatment plant.

Details of all projects are available online: Public comment is due by April 16.

Also part of DEQ’s proposal is loan funding for $89.8 million in wastewater projects, $28.6 million for drinking water projects.

Final proposed rankings will be submitted to the Board of Environmental Quality for approval at its May meeting.


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