The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Montana’s 2016 Water Quality Integrated Report, which was submitted by the Department of Environmental Quality last fall. The final 2016 report documents the state’s water quality conditions for the years 2014 – 2015 and is now available to the public.
The 2016 report contains:
- a summary overview of state water quality information;
- a list of impaired waters and associated pollutants – known as the 303(d) list;
- the schedule for preparing pollutant-specific studies – known as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs);
- new waterbody assessments;
- updated assessment information for select waters; and
- an overview of state water quality programs.
A TMDL determines the amount of a specific pollutant a waterbody can receive – from all sources – without exceeding water quality standards. A TMDL report may include a water quality restoration plan.
The final report, appendices, assessment data and an interactive statewide map may be accessed at DEQ’s official web site for water quality Integrated Reports: http://cwaic.mt.gov/
If you wish to obtain a hardcopy of the report and appendices, you may purchase it by contacting the Department of Administration’s Print and Mail Services, 920 Front Street, Helena MT 59601, or by phone at (406) 444-3881.
If you have problems accessing the report at the website listed above, please contact Michael Pipp at (406) 444-7424 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternative accessible versions of the report will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Kristi Ponozzo, DEQ Public Policy Director, at (406) 444-2813, or by email at: email@example.com