HEALTH AND SAFETY
39-3620. Approval provisions for best management practices for new nonpoint source activities on or affecting outstanding resource waters. No person may conduct a new nonpoint source activity on or affecting an outstanding resource water, except for a short-term or temporary activity as set forth in section 39-3602, Idaho Code, prior to approval by the designated agency as provided in this section.
(1) Within six (6) months of designation of an outstanding resource water by the legislature, the designated agency shall develop best management practices for reasonably foreseeable new nonpoint source activities. In developing best management practices the designated agencies shall:
(a) Solicit technical advice from state and federal agencies, research institutions, and universities and consult with affected landowners, land managers, operators, and the public;
(b) Shall assure that all public participation processes required by law have been completed, but if no public participation process is required by law, will require public notification and the opportunity to comment; and
(c) Recommend proposed best management practices to the board of environmental quality.
(2) The board of environmental quality and designated agencies shall adopt the proposed best management practices that are in compliance with the rules and regulations governing water quality standards, and based on the recommendations of the designated agency and the comments received during the public participation process;
(3) After adoption, these best management practices will be known as the outstanding resource water best management practices and will be published by the designated agency. Outstanding resource water approved best management practices will be reviewed and revised where needed by the designated agency every four (4) years in consultation with the department, landowners, federal managers, operators and the public to determine conformance with objectives of this chapter;
(4) Following adoption of best management practices, the designated agency shall require implementation of applicable outstanding resource water best management practices which will assure that water quality of an outstanding resource water is not lowered;
(5) Where outstanding resource water best management practices have not been adopted as set forth in subsections (1) through (4) of this section, the designated agency shall:
(a) Assure that all public participation processes required by law have been completed, but if no public participation process is required by law, the designated agency shall provide for public notification of the new activity and the opportunity to comment;
(b) Determine that the site-specific best management practices selected for a new nonpoint source activity are designed to ensure that water quality of the outstanding resource water is not lowered; and
(c) Provide for review by the department that the activity is in compliance with rules and regulations governing water quality standards.
(6) When the applicable outstanding resource water best management practices are applied, the landowner, land manager, or operator applying those practices will be in compliance with the provisions of this chapter. In the event water quality is lowered, the outstanding resource water best management practices will be revised within a time frame established by the designated agency to ensure water quality is restored.
[39-3620, added 1995, ch. 352, sec. 1, p. 1176; am. 1997, ch. 279, sec. 9, p. 835; am. 2001, ch. 103, sec. 34, p. 279.]