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Lake Walcott Watershed Advisory Group (WAG)

Next Scheduled Meeting Date

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Bureau of Reclamation – Upper Snake River Field Office
470 22nd Street, Heyburn, Idaho 

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 959 9063 3131  /  Password: 654353

The Mid-Snake WAG was originally created in the late 1980s as an outgrowth of the Mid-Snake Study Group that met representing stakeholder industries of the Upper Snake Rock and Lake Walcott subbasins. The primary purpose and concern was to provide input to DEQ and EPA in restoring the beneficial uses and water quality standards of the Snake River and major tributaries. From this group came the draft Mid-Snake Nutrient Management Plan in 1995; this became the Mid-Snake TMDL in 1997. In 1995, the Mid-Snake WAG was divided into two groups, the Mid-Snake WAG representing the Upper Snake Rock Subbasin, and the Lake Walcott WAG, representing the Lake Walcott Subbasin, the separation being at Milner Dam. The outgrowth of this was the Upper Snake Rock TMDL and the Lake Walcott TMDL, both in 2005. Both WAGs have stakeholder industries that represent irrigation agriculture, aquaculture, confined animal feeding operations, food processors, municipalities, grazing, recreation and forestry. Ground water is also a concern to both WAGs and is also included in the approved TMDLs.

Currently, both WAGs meet quarterly (or as needed) and both continue to provide input to DEQ and EPA on TMDL issues and other water quality related issues. Content on this page is provided for informational purposes while the Lake Walcott WAG and DEQ work to conduct a 5-year review of the Goose Creek Subbasin Assessment, TMDL, and Implementation Plan. Through this cooperative effort and continued public involvement, DEQ's goal is to develop a comprehensive plan aimed at restoring all beneficial uses within the watershed.

Meeting Materials 2015-2016

April 21, 2016
Agenda | Minutes (pending approval)
August 27, 2015
Agenda | Minutes
April 16, 2015
Agenda | Minutes

Additional documents are available upon request using our Public Records Request Form.

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Staff Contacts

Water Quality Analyst
Sara Kaster
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-2190

Surface Water Quality Manager
Sean Woodhead
DEQ Twin Falls Regional Office
650 Addison Avenue West, Suite 110
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-2190

DEQ Resource

WAG Satisfaction Survey

Related Pages

Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs): Water Quality Improvement Plans

Watershed Advisory Groups

Snake River (Upper Snake-Rock) Subbasin

Walcott Lake Subbasin