Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Salmon Air Quality

Particulate pollution has long been a concern in the Salmon area. Salmon’s air quality is impacted by intense smoke events from regional wildfires in the summer and  by smoke from residential wood combustion and air stagnation in the winter. Particulate matter air pollution is of concern because exposure can have significant impacts on public health, particularly for people with heart or lung diseases, children, and older adults. Even healthy people may experience temporary symptoms from exposure to elevated levels of particle pollution. The Salmon airshed has violated the daily federal health standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) since 2011. City leaders and citizens decided participation in the PM Advance Program provided a way for the community to develop an acceptable path toward improving local air quality and quality of life.

EPA launched the Particulate Matter (PM) Advance Program in early 2003. This nonregulatory program encourages collaboration between EPA, states, tribes, and local government to proactively reduce PM2.5 emissions in areas struggling to meet the national air quality standards for PM2.5. The program empowers local communities to develop site-specific solutions to air quality problems that fit local needs and goals. In august 2018, the City of Salmon, in partnership with  the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality committed to improving air quality for residents of Salmon and developed a path forward  to improve air quality in Salmon. The measures and strategies outlined in the PM Advance Path Forward are critical for improving air quality by reducing fine particulate pollution to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards established in the Clean Air Act. The Path Forward focuses mainly on expanding outreach and education efforts to increase knowledge of local air quality as well as clean and efficient woodstove use.

Woodstove Changeout Program

Uncertified woodstoves burn about 70 percent dirtier than new certified woodstoves and can contribute to health problems. Old uncertified stoves also burn less efficiently and require more wood than newer, certified stoves. Older stoves may also have been installed improperly, posing potential fire hazard and safety concerns.

To help implement the Salmon Path Forward, DEQ is offering a financial incentive to Salmon residents who change out their old wood and pellet stoves with new, cleaner heating appliances. Participants may be eligible to receive a rebate up to $4,000 toward the purchase and installation of a qualified heating appliance from a DEQ participating vendor.


Homeowners who have a non-EPA-certified wood appliance or EPA-certified wood or pellet appliance manufactured before 1998 are encouraged to apply. See the homeowner information sheet for details on the program.

Program Requirements

  • Applicants must be the legal owner of the home or rental property. Renters may participate if approved by their landlord. Please review the Homeowner/Tenant Agreement before submitting an application.
  • Homes must be located within the Salmon Woodstove Changeout Program area (figure below).
  • All purchases, installation, and destruction of the old stove must be performed by a DEQ participating vendor and HVAC-licensed installer
  • The DEQ participating vendor must take the old, replaced woodstove or pellet stove to a DEQ-approved recycling facility  for disposal. A proof-of-disposal receipt is obtained and a copy should be kept by the homeowner. 

Salmon Woodstove Changeout Program Area

Application Process

Contact the DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office at (800) 232-4635 or (208) 528-2650 to receive an application.

Submit all required photos and documentation with a completed application to Lisa Cawley or Roger Sauer.

Once approved, the homeowner will receive a rebate that is valid for 45 days and can be redeemed at a DEQ participating vendor. After the old stove is disposed of at a DEQ-approved recycling vendor, the homeowner will receive a copy of a proof-of-disposal receipt. This receipt is required for homeowners replacing non-EPA-certified woodstoves with out-of-pocket costs not covered by the rebate who wish to take advantage of the Idaho Alternative Energy tax deduction.

Information for Vendors

Hearth product retailers or installers interested in becoming a DEQ participating vendor should review the example participating vendor agreement and contact Roger Sauer at (208) 528-2667. 

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Staff Contacts

Air Quality/Remediation Manager
Rensay Owen
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 528-2650

Airshed Management Analyst
Pascale Warren
DEQ State Office
Air Quality Division
1410 N. Hilton
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0586

DEQ Resources

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Related Pages

Woodstoves and Air Quality

EPA-Certified Woodstoves

Woodstove Replacements and Tax Deductions

Better Woodstove Burning Techniques