Pocatello Science & Environment Division

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Science & Environment Division


The Science and Environment Division:

  • Directs intra- and inter-agency Integrated Water Resource Planning, including the development of drainage master plans;
  • Directs the development and implementation of long-range plans for revitalizing and restoring the Portneuf River corridor to meeting community goals as outlined in the Portneuf River Vision Study, 2016;
  • Manages the city's federal storm water National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit including directing the implementation of permit compliance activities; 
  • Provides mayor, council and staff with credible scientific advice on issues relevant to Pocatello's quality of life and surrounding environment.

Primary Programs

Stormwater Hotline

Call the Stormwater Hotline to report any type of pollution. Also call 911 for hazardous material spills. Do not clean up the material if it is unsafe to do so. Staff at the hotline can direct you to the appropriate agency to help with non-stormwater pollution.

Call 208-234-6519 or report online:

  • Activities that allow any waste water to flow to a storm drain or water body:
    • Car washing
    • Pressure washing
    • Carpet cleaning
    • Paint chipping, sanding or pressure washing
    • Cleaning of painting materials
    • Hazardous material spills
    • Over-watering a lawn, allowing water to flow into the street and storm drain  
  • Car leaks
  • Pet waste complaints
  • Improper storage of oil, pesticides, dirt, fertilizer, and other materials
  • Erosion of dirt or landscaping materials to a storm drain or water body
  • Dumping grass or other yard waste on public property or right of ways
  • Over use of fertilizers
  • Storm drains that are not working properly