Red Rock Watershed Water Quality Improvement Plan Available for Comment

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comments on the draft “Red Rock Metals, Sediment, and E.coli TMDLs and Water Quality Improvement Plan,” and will hold a public meeting on Aug. 10, 2021, at 5 p.m. to provide information about the document and answer questions.



The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, an online teleconferencing platform, and also in person at the University of Montana Western Campus in Dillon, Mont.


What: A hybrid public meeting on the draft water quality improvement plan for the Red Rock Watershed.


When: Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, 5 p.m.


Where: The meeting will be held both online and in person. To attend online, click on or type this link into your web browser’s address bar to join the meeting: https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/81053382562?pwd=QUY1RzkrVnNGZnFpc1hKU0s2dDJWQT09 (please join 15 minutes early). A call-in option is also available by dialing (406) 444-9999 and Meeting ID# 810 5338 2562, Password 203292. If you wish to join by phone, you may follow along with the presentation that will be given by downloading it from the project’s website at: http://mtwaterqualityprojects.pbworks.com/ and selecting “Red Rock.” The presentation will also be available on the project website for those that cannot attend.



The in person portion of the meeting will be held at the following location:

University of Montana Western Campus Swysgood Technology Center Board Room (across from Lucy Carson Library) 710 S. Atlantic Street Dillon, MT 59725



The document provides total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) to help address water quality problems related to metals, sediment and E.coli levels in 22 stream segments in the Red Rock watershed. The document also includes strategies for reducing pollution levels to meet Montana’s surface water quality standards. To view the document and submit electronic comments by Aug. 18, 2021, visit: https://deq.mt.gov/public/publiccomment.

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