The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has ended a partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct water quality monitoring of streams, lakes and rivers throughout the state.
Gwen Fransen, an administrator with the state agency, said a budget shortfall forced the agency to end the agreement.
Fransen says the federal agency will continue to do water quality monitoring in the state, and the state agency will monitor high-priority projects.
But she says there won’t be as much work done without the agreement.
Fransen says the state is required every two years to write a water quality status report under the federal Clean Water Act.
She says that could be more difficult in future years if the program isn’t restored.