RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
How do we get to clean water?
Ecology’s goal is to make measurable improvements in water quality by:
Data are collected around the state by various organizations and submitted to Ecology’s Environmental Information Management (EIM) database.
Data are evaluated against the state water quality
standards to identify polluted waters.
Pollution problems are investigated and projects developed to reduce pollution sources throughout a watershed.
Actions are taken to prevent/protect, control/capture, minimize/reduce pollution discharges from both point and nonpoint sources.
An effectiveness study is conducted after pollutant controls are in place, usually 5 to 10 years later, to determine if the waterbodies meet state water quality standards.
Last updated August 2014
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