Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

06/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 13:18

DEQ seeks participants for groundwater study in Mid-Willamette

Portland, OR-Residents in the Mid-Willamette Valley can have their wells tested for free by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality as part of a groundwater study DEQ is conducting in the area.

DEQ's Statewide Groundwater Monitoring Program started seeking volunteers for the study in early 2017 and hopes to conclude recruitment around August. This year sampling will take place in the spring and fall.

The groundwater monitoring program conducts such studies to identify areas around the state that are vulnerable to groundwater contamination, update its understanding of trends in groundwater quality in Oregon and inform groundwater users of potential risks.

The groundwater monitoring program conducts two regional groundwater studies a year. The study areas are selected based on a variety of data including nitrate data collected during real estate transactions.

DEQ selected the Mid-Willamette Valley as a study area using data on vulnerable aquifers, information on geology and soils, data from historical real estate transactions, gaps in available water quality data, and input from local stakeholders.

Samples will be collected by DEQ staff from an outdoor, active spigot as close to the well as possible. Sampling staff will flush the system by hooking up a hose to the spigot and running the water for several minutes before taking the sample. The whole process should take 30-45 minutes and the homeowner does not need to be present as long as they provide clear directions on where to sample. DEQ will send test results to well owners and residents at the property. Property owners can then decide what, if any, actions to take.

DEQ will analyze the water for the presence of nitrate/nitrite, arsenic, pesticides and herbicides (legacy and current use), hardness (ion concentrations), select metals, coliform bacteria and E. coli, pharmaceuticals, personal care products and volatile organic chemicals.

To be considered for this study, please email [email protected] or call 503-693-5736 to provide your well address. DEQ will send you a form with questions about your well. DEQ will select participants based on location and well characteristics.

More information is available at: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/welltestflye...

To learn more about the Statewide Groundwater Monitoring Program visit: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/wq/programs/Pages/GWP.a...

Fliers are also available in Russian and Spanish at the above link. Translation services are available to those who speak other languages. Learn more at: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/FilterDocs/interpreters...

Contact: Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, [email protected]