Groundwater Assessment in Washington State
Welcome to the groundwater assessment website! The Environmental Assessment
Program maintains a staff of groundwater scientists who conduct technical studies across a broad spectrum of groundwater-related issues*. Current staff members on the groundwater team include:
- Barb Carey, L.G., L.HG.;
email@example.com; (360) 407-6769
- Martha Maggi, L.G., L.HG.;
firstname.lastname@example.org; (360) 407-6453
- Pam Marti, L.G., L.HG.; email@example.com; (360) 407-6768
- Charles Pitz, L.G., L.HG.;
firstname.lastname@example.org; (360) 407-6775
- Melanie Redding, L.G., L.HG.;
email@example.com; (360) 407-6524
- Kirk Sinclair, L.G., L.HG.;
firstname.lastname@example.org; (360) 407-6557
- Scott Tarbutton,
email@example.com, (509) 329-3453
*Within Ecology, most groundwater field assessment and research is conducted by the Environmental Assessment Program. For information on Ecology policies and regulations related to groundwater, see Water Quality Program’s
Groundwater information page and Water Resources Program page. For additional information regarding cleanup and regulation of groundwater at specific facilities, see the web sites for the Toxics Cleanup Program, the Hazardous Waste Program, the Nuclear Waste Program Groundwater Page, and the
Waste 2 Resources (Solid Waste) Program.
Contents of This Website
Descriptions and contact information for groundwater studies currently underway in the Environmental Assessment Program, as well as a comprehensive map showing completed studies and links to available on-line reports.
Stumped about where to find information about groundwater in your area? We’ve compiled sources of information that we often head to when conducting one of our studies.
Documentation describing the standardized field methods we use during our
groundwater studies. The link above will take you to the Ecology's Quality
Assurance web page; once there look for the section titled "Groundwater
Ecology's Environmental Information Management (EIM) system has a new Groundwater Data Center that allows users to search for groundwater information stored in the EIM system.
New Items of Note, Current Events & Announcements
- NEW A recent U.S. Geological Survey
Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Ambient Groundwater in Urbanized Areas
of Minnesota, 2009-12, found measurable levels of antibiotics,
detergents and other consumer chemicals turning up in Minnesota's
groundwater. Read the
Minnesota Public Radio news report about the study for more information.
- NEW The Ohio State University, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health and Ohio EPA, have developed an Online Assessment Tool that offers instant water quality interpretation for samples collected from drinking water wells. Although this tool was developed specifically for Ohio residents, anyone can use the tool to help interpret laboratory results for water samples collected from a well.
- NEW We've recently launched a new tool designed to help you to search for groundwater technical publications using a map application. To access this new tool, visit the
Ecology EIM Database Map Search App, and then click on the "Report Finder" icon on the toolbar. Follow the instructions provided - decide if there's a particular groundwater topic area(s) you're interested
in, set your search buffer radius, and then click on the map in your area of interest. Publications meeting your selected criteria will be presented in a table at the bottom of the map - allowing you quick access to reports of interest.
- NEW Ecology recently launched a new web-based portal focused on Groundwater. A nice directory to agency resources related to groundwater; make sure to check back in as we add new content.
One interesting new feature we've recently added to the portal is a regularly updated listing of news items that involve groundwater in Washington. A good way to stay up to date on the latest groundwater topics across the state.
- NEW The US Geological Survey recently published a report titled
Groundwater Depletion in the
United States (1900-2008). The report highlights how rapidly many of the
nation's major groundwater aquifers are being drawn down due to pumping
(including Washington's own Columbia Plateau Aquifer System). Read the
press release about the report
For questions or comments on this web site, please contact Charles Pitz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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