Protecting Public Health and the Environment.

Basin Advisory Groups

Basin advisory groups (BAGs) are groups of citizens that advise DEQ's director on water quality objectives within Idaho's six basins.

BAG Membership

BAG members are appointed by the director of DEQ and represent a cross section of interests in the basin. By statute, the membership of BAGs must be representative of the industries and interests directly affected by implementing water quality programs within the basin. Each member must either reside within the basin or represent persons with a real property interest within the basin.

Among the interests that may be represented on BAGs are agriculture, mining, nonmunicipal point source discharge permittees, forest products, local government, grazing, Native American tribes (for areas within reservation boundaries), water-based recreation, and environmental concerns. In addition, each BAG must include a person to represent the public at large who may reside outside the basin. BAG members are expected to have a demonstrated interest or expertise that will benefit the work of the group.

BAG Responsibilities

BAGs are responsible for advising DEQ's director on the following matters:

  • Priorities for monitoring within the basin
  • Revisions needed in the designated beneficial uses for water bodies within the basins
  • Categories to which water bodies in the basin should be assigned
  • Processes for developing and implementing TMDLs
  • Members to be appointed to watershed advisory groups
  • Priorities for water quality programs within the basin based on available economic resources

Idaho Basins and DEQ Regions

Click on the map to link to a list of BAG members in each basin.

Map of Idaho Basins

southwest bear river upper snake salmon clearwater panhandle

Staff Contacts

Surface Water Quality Manager
Lance Holloway
DEQ Boise Regional Office
1445 N. Orchard St.
Boise, ID 83706
(208) 373-0550

Surface Water Quality Manager
Bob Steed
DEQ Coeur d'Alene Regional Office
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Surface Water Quality Manager
Troy Saffle
DEQ Idaho Falls Regional Office
900 N. Skyline Drive, Suite B
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 528-2650

Surface Water Quality Manager
Sujata Connell
DEQ Lewiston Regional Office
1118 "F" St.
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208) 799-4370

Surface Water Quality Manager
Lynn Van Every
DEQ Pocatello Regional Office
444 Hospital Way #300
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 236-6160

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

BAG Consultation: WBAG

Water Body Assessment Guidance (draft)

Water Body Assessment Guidance Summary of Changes

Biological Assessment Frameworks and Index Development for Rivers and Streams in Idaho

Development of Idaho Macroinvertebrate Temperature Occurrence Models

Response to Comments

More Information

Idaho Code Title 39-3613: Creation of Basin Advisory Groups

Idaho Code Title 39-3614: Duties of the Basin Advisory Group

Related Pages

Boise Region BAG and WAGs

Coeur d'Alene Region BAG and WAGs

Idaho Falls Region Basin Advisory Group (BAG)

Lewiston Region Basin Advisory Group (BAG)

Pocatello Region BAG and WAGs

Twin Falls Region BAG and WAGs

Watershed Advisory Groups