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Pend Oreille River TMDL

Updates on the Dispute Resolution Process


The Ecology Director has made a decision based on the Dispute Panel recommendations and sent letters to the disputing parties.

On April 28, 2011, the Department of Ecology received a letter from Seattle City Light requesting Ecology to initiate a dispute resolution process in response to the TMDL that was submitted to EPA on April 6, 2011.

Ecology’s Water Quality Program has a policy (1-25) that establishes the requirements and process for dispute resolution related to TMDLs:

FAQ: TMDL Dispute Resolution Process (Ecology publication)

Dispute Resolution Process Outcomes

Ecology’s Water Quality Program is committed to preventing and cleaning up water pollution, as well as helping communities make sustainable choices that reduce and prevent water quality problems.

Solutions to these problems are often complex and involve many different interests. The Water Quality Program is dedicated to working with interested parties to achieve compliance with state water quality standards and pollutant reductions prescribed in a water cleanup plan (a TMDL, or Total Maximum Daily Load) submittal.

Information pertaining to the Pend Oreille River Temperature TMDL dispute resolution process will be posted here as the process moves forward. Please check back regularly for updates.

Please direct any questions or comments to:

Helen Bresler, TMDL Program Lead
Water Quality Program
Washington State Department of Ecology
Phone: 360-407-6180

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Last updated August 2015