The goal of the project is to make sure water in the Scatter Creek Aquifer is
safe to drink now and in the future.
The three-year project will include groundwater
monitoring, scientific modeling, and community input. A
citizen advisory committee will evaluate scientific data and modeling to
potential impacts on the aquifer and make recommendations to the Thurston County Board
of Health and Board of County Commissioners. Funding for
this project is provided by the Washington State
Department of Ecology.
Residents living in the Scatter Creek Aquifer Area
(click on the map for a larger view of the area) rely on
groundwater for their drinking water. Water in this aquifer is highly vulnerable to
contamination because the sandy, gravelly soils do not
effectively filter out contamination. Unlike other areas,
there is not another deeper aquifer below the Scatter
Creek Aquifer; it is a sole-source aquifer.
Test results from private and community wells show
nitrates and coliform bacteria are getting into the water.
Currently, most wells tested in the area meet drinking water standards.
At levels above drinking water standards, these contaminants can cause illness.
We are concerned because nitrate levels in this area are some
of the highest in Thurston County, with some wells
exceeding drinking water standards.
For Past Studies and Reports
- Groundwater Monitoring and Sampling
- Groundwater Modeling
- Community Involvement
Citizen Advisory Committee
Committee members were appointed to the committee by the Board of Health
and must live, own property, or work in the Scatter Creek Aquifer Area. The
committee typically meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Rochester School
District Board Room. They learn about the area and risks posed to the drinking water
by septic systems, help determine if levels of contamination are likely to cause public
health concern, and develop recommendations for an action plan to ensure water in the
Scatter Creek Aquifer is safe to drink now and in the future.
Your Input Is Needed ! Please
Consider Getting Involved
We want to hear from you! After all, as residents
or property owners in the Scatter Creek Aquifer
Area, you are the people who drink the water and are
affected by the issues. We want to know what you
think, what we may be missing, and solutions that we
may not have thought of.
Please consider getting involved:
- Send us an e-mail or sign-up for updates.
- Attend community workshops.
- Observe Citizen Advisory Committee meetings.
- Provide feedback or suggestions through our website,
at listening posts at community workshops, or by phone (call 360-867-2582).
- See the results of the survey mailed to residents and property owners in the aquifer area in
- Read periodic newsletters and updates.
- Visit the project website regularly.
about the project and get answers to Frequently Asked Questions.