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VARD submits comments to DEQ regarding their draft 2010 Statewide Water Quality Status Report.

Decision Makers: Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Topic: VARD submits comments to DEQ regarding their draft 2010 Statewide Water Quality Status Report.

VARD submits comments to DEQ on 2010 Statewide Water Quality Status Report
 
On November 29, 2010 VARD submitted comments to DEQ requesting that the Teton River be listed as a water body which does not meet current water quality standards and for which a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) must be established. Friends of the Teton River has tracked 10 years of water quality data, and this river has consistently shown excessively high dissolved Nitrogen concentrations.
 
In our letter, we highlighted the huge number of lots recently platted in close proximity to the Teton River and its surrounding wetlands. As these lots are built out, residential development will continue to impact this already-impaired river. 
  • Click here to read our comment letter to DEQ.
  • Click here to read Attachment A – a map of the last 40 years of Teton County subdivision trends. This map shows all the development recently platted around the Teton River and its tributaries like Trail Creek, Teton Creek, Badger Creek, and the Leigh Creeks. 
  • Click here to read Attachment B – a map showing all the rural county subdivisions still pending approval as of August 2010. 

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