County, Health District, Conservation District to Address Groundwater Nitrate Issues
 
Posted on Tuesday November 27, 2018
 
On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in partnership with the Benton Franklin Health District and the Benton Conservation District, the Benton County Board of Commissioners adopted the Benton County Groundwater Nitrate Community Action plan as the official mechanism to address groundwater nitrate issues in Benton County.
 
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Contact: Adam Fyall
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Adam.Fyall@co.benton.wa.us 
509-736-3053

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2018

County, Health District, Conservation District to Address Groundwater Nitrate Issues 
Kennewick, WA – On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, in partnership with the Benton Franklin Health District and the Benton Conservation District, the Benton County Board of Commissioners adopted the Benton County Groundwater Nitrate Community Action plan as the official mechanism to address groundwater nitrate issues in Benton County.

About the Plan
The  Benton County Groundwater Nitrate Community Action Plan (the Plan) was developed with extensive expert, agency, and public comment and provides assessment, analysis, and actions intended to limit and reduce groundwater nitrate contamination in Benton County. This Plan will implement best management practices to reduce nitrate loading, continue monitoring groundwater, and provide public health education. 

Two years of well sampling and analysis occurred prior to the development of this stakeholder-based management plan. Nitrate loading to groundwater in the County comes primarily from a variety of non-point sources (meaning any source of water pollution that is not attributable to a specific location or practice). As such, change can only be affected when the Plan has proactive, voluntary, and locally-driven participation.

About Benton County
Benton County is located in south-central Washington. The county seat is located in Prosser, and its largest city is Kennewick. Benton County was created on March 8, 1905 and was named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. Benton County operates under the plural executive form of government with three commissioners and seven other elected officials. Benton County has offices located in Prosser, Kennewick, and Richland. For more information, please visit the County website.

About Benton Conservation District
The mission of the Benton Conservation District is to encourage wise stewardship of all natural resources for residents of Benton County. The Conservation District serves all of Benton County except for federal land holdings and is governed by a board of five local volunteer landowners. For more information, visit the Conservation District website.

About Benton Franklin Health District
The Benton-Franklin Health District provides a wide variety of public health services that protect and promote the health of all 230,300 residents of Benton and Franklin Counties, as well as the thousands of workers and visitors who enter the Counties each day. For more information, visit the Health District website.

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