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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Jane Mountjoy Venning, 360-867-2582 venninj@co.thurston.wa.us

Thurston County Residents Invited to Special Water Quality Workshop
Meeting set for April 23 in Rochester

OLYMPIA - The public is invited to a workshop on the Scatter Creek Aquifer April 23. Attendees can find out results from recent water quality tests and from computer groundwater modeling. They can also share input with the citizens committee as recommendations are developed to protect drinking water. Those who cannot attend, but still want to provide input, can call 360-867-2582 or e-mail ScatterCreek@co.thurston.wa.us. The Citizens Committee would like to hear from as many people as possible.

Questions and Answers: The county has received a lot of questions about the project. A full list of the questions and answers thus far is posted under a FAQ link on the website, www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehsc. Additional questions and answers will be posted following the upcoming community workshop.

A refresher on the Scatter Creek Aquifer - Septic System Management Project This aquifer is susceptible to contamination because soils in the area do not filter out contaminants well. Unlike many other areas, there is not another deeper aquifer below the Scatter Creek Aquifer; it is the only source of drinking water for area residents. The project is assessing the impacts of septic systems on groundwater quality in the area. The community and government have done much over the years to protect water resources. This project continues those efforts by evaluating the effect of septic systems on the aquifer as the area becomes more residential. It includes monitoring of groundwater to check on current conditions, utilizing scientific groundwater computer modeling to predict future impacts to the aquifer. Those involved in the study are working with the community to recommend strategies to protect drinking water now and in the future.

What: Community Workshop on Scatter Creek Aquifer - Septic System Management Project
When: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Where: Rochester Middle School Commons, 9937 Highway 12 SW, Rochester, WA 98579
A childrens nook with books and toys is available for the younger residents.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3