Idaho Environmental 
Health Association
E-News Bulletin - March 2011
In This Issue
IEHA Annual Education Conference
NEHA E-Learning Sessions
National Enviromental News
IEHA Legislative Updates
Legislative Bill Tracker

Idaho Environmental Health Conference

 "Focusing on Leadership During Economic Restraints"

 March 16 - 18, 2011 

Boise State University


The 2011 IEHA Annual Education Conference will feature two full days (Weds/Thur) and one half day (Fri) of education sessions, as well as the IEHA Awards luncheon on Thursday. All activities will be held in the Student Union Building at Boise State University.


Tracks include food protection, wastewater, vector and pest control, general environmental and public health, enforcement, child care and solid waste.Also included is a Septic Systems 101 workshop and BSU Environmental Health Research session on Friday. 
Conference Agenda


Easy online registration is available here. (Note: some government firewalls will block access to Pay Pal so you may need to register and pay from a personal computer or smart phone). A mail in registration form is also available. 

Check Out E-Learning at National Environmental Health Association


All NEHA e-Learning sessions are now available at no charge, and NEHA members also receive continuing education credits for these courses for free! 

Enter the e-Learning site and choose from over 100 hours of programming
within 11 environmental health tracks



 House GOP budget bill aims to slash environmental regulation 


  Los Angeles Times,  

 March 7, 2011 

The plan to cut $60 billion from the federal budget targets environmental programs so widely it appears to be as much an ideological gambit as a budgetary one. 'The sheer scope of it is overwhelming,' a UCLA environmental law expert says.



The Idaho Environmental Health Association publishes a monthly E-News Bulletin for members, conference attendees, business partners and others interested in the field of environmental health. For more association news, visit our website at


Facilitation for Environmental Professionals

Course ID: FAC-301
April 26th - April 28th 
Seattle, WA

Facilitation skills are used by scientists and resources managers to form productive teams, plan programs and projects, and to implement controversial projects and programs. Facilitators help groups to communicate productively, honoring diverse points of view and respectfully creating options that provide the richest suite of benefits for all. The success or failure of programs and projects often depends on the support of a variety of interested parties with diverse perspectives.


Environmental Negotiations for Scientists and Resource Managers

Course ID: OPR -301
June 28th - June 30th
Olympia, WA

This workshop provides attendees with improved skills for effective participation negotiations. Environmental negotiations are often more complex due to their technical and regulatory intricacy, interest from many parties, and the emotional nature of parties involved. This workshop presents basic negotiation and concepts, specific environmental applications, and principled (ethical) negotiation approaches for building trust and relationships.  

IEHA Legislative Updates Posted Frequently to Website Blog

idaho statehouseGreetings IEHA members! I'm now responsible for providing legislative updates and I'll try to do that on a weekly basis. If there is legislation out there that involves environmental health and I have not addressed it, please let me know. 


I encourage you all to visit the Legislative website where you can find a complete index of all bills currently being considered. Here's some of the latest that is being considered by the Idaho Legislature.

-Patrick Guzzle, Legislative Committee Chair


HB041 has passed - this allows for monetary penalties for violations associated with underground storage tanks.

HB050 is in committee - this provides that a governing body may set procedures for zoning changes, subdivisions, variances, special use permits, etc.

HB042 is in committee - this bill changes some definitions in the water quality act.

HB166 is in committee - this bill voids and nullifies ordinances and resolutions that declare specific agricultural activities to be nuisances.

HB210 is in committee - this bill declares that properly conducted agricultural activities cannot be termed nuisances. 

HB129 is in committee - this bill changes licensing requirements for daycare facilities and sets fees for licensure.

HB075 is in committee - this bill replaces the Uniform Plumbing Code with the Idaho Plumbing Code. 


Food Safety-the Department of Agriculture had rules approved relating to raw milk and herd share programs. The rules allow for raw milk and raw milk products to be sold in grocery stores provided that the supplier of the raw milk is registered with the Department of Agriculture. Raw milk and raw milk products must also be labeled appropriately.


Visit the Idaho Environmental Health Association's website for legislative updates posted frequently on the Blog-News page.


Sign Up for "My Bill Tracker" to Receive Email Notices


I wanted to share information about a "bill tracker" feature now available from the Idaho Legislature website. Once you sign up for the service, you can log in to track bills, create multiple bill lists and even receive email notifications about activity on bills of interest to you.


My Bill Tacker -  Sign up / Login here to track bills, create multiple bill lists & receive email notifications.


Below are some other links from the website that are also useful.


Bill Center - text, history, statements of purpose, fiscal notes of legislation

Calendars and Agendas - House and Senate reading calendars and committee agendas

Committee Minutes- minutes of House and Senate standing committees

House and Senate Journals - daily record of House and Senate business

Administrative Rules - Committee Review Books & Rules Reviewed During Interim, and 2011 Rules

Budget Hearing Schedule - Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee

2011 mini directory and 2011 Legislative Directory - summary of legislator information

Video and Audio Streaming - live coverage of House and Senate; committee hearings.

Submit Your News 

Want to see more local and regional Environmental Health news covered in the E-News Bulletin? Send your articles and annoucements to We'd love to dedicate pages on the website to happenings in the three areas of the state, as well as committee activities.