Safeguarding Idaho’s rivers, lakes and streams now and for the future.

Hot Topic: Oil and Gas Wastewater

Oil and gas aren’t the only things being produced in southwest Idaho. There’s a lot of water being pulled out from deep underground as well during production. And that results in a tremendous amount of contaminated wastewater after processing separates the oil and gas from the water. Currently, in Idaho, such wastewater is trucked to offsite evaporation ponds. However, that could all change if the state transfers management of this wastewater to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Such a transfer could result in the contaminated water being injected underground.

Across the nation, there’s been an increased risk of earthquakes and pollution of drinking water sources due to wastewater injection. We don’t want Idaho to become the next state dealing with these issues. What are we doing about it? Among other things, asking hard questions of the EPA, connecting concerned citizens with the opportunity to learn more and to have their voices heard, and speaking up at the Idaho Legislature. Join us!

Idaho Water: Rivers, Lakes, Groundwater

Idaho is the river state for good reason. That’s why ICL has a robust water program. We work to make sure our rivers are flowing—which is a lot of work in a state with historic policies saying water left in rivers is waste. We also work to make sure our rivers are clean enough for people and fish to thrive. But that’s just our rivers! ICL also works to protect our groundwater, as that’s where the majority of Idahoans get their drinking water. To accomplish our goals, we use a variety of tools including—but not limited to—reviewing every Clean Water Act permit and every new water right application in Idaho. Did we mention that we have a robust water program?

More Ways ICL Protects Water

We are working hard to protect Idaho waters throughout the state.

ICL Successes

Read about how ICL set the bar for keeping mercury out of rivers and lakes, successfully advocated for wild and scenic rivers, and our many other accomplishments.

What You Can Do

Become a member today and protect the Idaho lakes and streams that you love!