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DEQ to Hold Public Meeting on Lake Koocanusa Water Quality Planning Activities

Thursday, October 22, 2015/Categories: Department of Environmental Quality/Tags:

Helena — The Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the British Columbia Ministry of Environment will host a public meeting to provide information on the status of joint water quality planning efforts for Lake Koocanusa. 

Four governmental agencies (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environment Canada, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality) are working on a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly study the Lake and make recommendations for site specific selenium water quality criteria/targets. The purpose of the meeting is to update the public on these efforts and solicit feedback on the work conducted to date.

The first Stakeholder Meeting will be Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverstone Family Lodge in Eureka, Montana, located at 6370 Hwy 93 North, Eureka MT 59917.  The meeting will run from approximately 6:30-8:00 p.m.

A Monitoring and Research Working Group, comprised of scientists and experts in the field of selenium from various U.S. and Canadian agencies, will meet earlier in the day.

Baseline monitoring of selenium as well as metals and nutrients have been conducted in the Lake over the years. The Working Group will begin examining this data as it determines steps to advance scientific understanding of the effects of selenium to aquatic life in the Lake with the objective of determining protective standards.

For more information or other questions, please contact Terri Mavencamp at (406) 444-5372 or by email at tmavencamp2@mt.gov, or Mike Sokal at (250) 490-2284 or by email at: mike.sokal@gov.bc.ca  An agenda and more information can be found at: http://lakekoocanusaconservation.pbworks.com/w/page/100633357/Meeting%20Agenda

The Eureka Riverstone Family Lodge can be contacted at: www.riverstonefamilylodge.com/events.html  Conference organizers will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this meeting. If you require special accommodation, please contact Alex Smietanka at Asmietanka@Mt.gov or (406) 444-6749 no later than October 23, 2015.

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