Dilution is the Solution to Pollution — Until There's No River
All along the Snake River, local communities, industries, and people discharge their treated sewage and wastewater into the Snake, relying on the river’s flows to mix with their treated pollution. You may have heard this concept simplified as “dilution is the solution to pollution.” However, when the necessary flows aren’t there, all these discharges contaminate the river. Meanwhile, to try to prevent further contamination, communities (ie., taxpayers) upgrade their wastewater treatment plants to the tune of tens of millions of dollars.
As long as Idaho law and rules allow water quality and water quantity to be governed separately, the never-ending cycle of overallocated water, pollution discharge, and upgrades for wastewater treatments will continue.
Restoring the Snake
ICL recognizes the important role of the Snake River in the life and livelihoods of Idahoans. It is absolutely integral to Idaho’s economy for the predominant agricultural and industrial needs but also for recreation and community livability. We recognize that while the agricultural sector is the source of much of the pollution entering the Snake, Idaho’s farmers can be some of the strongest advocates for caring for the land and water.
ICL’s Snake River campaign is a multi-pronged approach that centers around connecting people and communities to the river in an effort to protect it into the future. We are talking with Idahoans who love the Snake and connecting them with the people who manage it. Together, we will raise our concerns to local, state, and federal policymakers and seek legislative solutions. We will hold polluters responsible for their share of the problem while also seeking out innovative ‘win-win’ solutions that benefit both the river and farmers alike. We will make it possible for future generations of Idahoans to continue to thrive because of the Snake — in a way people have for as long as people have inhabited Idaho.
Together, we will restore the Snake River in Idaho.