Lower Yakima Valley groundwater management area technical support

We provide ongoing technical assistance, water monitoring, research studies, and education and outreach help to the groundwater management group working to improve groundwater quality in the Lower Yakima Valley. Nitrate contamination of groundwater is a serious health concern for area residents. 


Residents can help drinking water study

A new study will track Lower Yakima Valley nitrate pollution, starting this summer. Residents can help our scientists study the water from private drinking-water wells in the area. Learn more about who is eligible for this no-cost water testing at our blog: Clean & Safe Water for Communities.

Working to reduce nitrate concentrations

The Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area, or GWMA, project is a community-based effort working to reduce nitrate concentrations in groundwater. Many area residents rely on groundwater for their drinking water. Initial studies indicated that 12 percent of private domestic wells have elevated concentrations of nitrate. 

Led by Yakima County, the program was initiated in response to nitrate contaminations found in drinking water wells in the valley. The goal is to implement strategies to bring aquifers into drinking water standards, as well as to educate residents about the problem and provide information about how they can protect themselves. Find out more about the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area.