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Draft Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Program

We invite comments on the draft Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Program to address elevated nitrate levels in private drinking water wells.  Visit our webpage or see the event information below for date and location of our public hearing.  Traducción al español, favor de llamar al (509) 575-2490 y solicitar un intérprete.  

  • All public comments must be received by March 27, 2019 to be considered in the final determination.

Any interested party is invited to attend the public hearing on the proposed draft.  The public hearing is scheduled for March 12, 2019.  Plan overview begins at 5:30 p.m. on March 12th, public hearing begins at 6:00 p.m.   Location:  Sunnyside Community Center 1521 South 1st Street, Sunnyside, WA  98944.

Washington Administration Code (WAC) 173-100 established guidelines, criteria, and procedures for the designation of groundwater management areas, subareas or zones and set forth the process for the development of groundwater management programs for such areas. 

The Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area (GWMA) was formed in 2012 to address the goal of reducing nitrate concentrations in groundwater. The program content describes the issue of elevated nitrate in groundwater, how the GWMA was established in the Lower Yakima Valley, and defines the goals and objectives developed for the GWMA. This report explains the environmental and health effects of nitrate in the environment, describes the sources of nitrate, and the different regulatory authorities that effect nitrate in groundwater. 

Please note that this comment form is for the purpose of submitting a comment to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Contact information is necessary if you want to receive future notices or responses related to this topic.

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Next steps: After the end of the comment period we will review the comments and Ecology and local governments will consider any revisions needed. We hope to adopt a final groundwater management program in late 2019.
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