This April 15, 2022, photo shows Silvia Hernandez’s private well in the outskirts of Boardman. The Environmental Protection Agency lauded the state’s efforts to deliver clean drinking water to Morrow County residents affected by nitrate pollution but wanted more action to address the issue at its source.

BOARDMAN — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging state officials to take more action on nitrate pollution in Eastern Oregon’s Lower Umatilla Basin.

A July 29 letter from the EPA to the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Department of Agriculture praised the state for some of the measures it’s taken to provide clean water to residents in Morrow County, but said that’s not enough.

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