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Natural Resources Assessment Section

The activities of the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) Natural Resources Assessment Section (NRAS) focus on the impacts of agriculture chemicals on Washington state's natural resources.

The goal of WSDA is to work together with the agricultural community and regulators to protect Washington's natural wealth and the environment. 

WSDA is developing analytical tools that will be used to identify, evaluate and mitigate impacts to Washington's renewable and non-renewable resources.

Staff includes a hydro-geologist; an environmental toxicologist; specialists in crop and pesticide use, crop mapping and groundwater.

For more information, visit the Natural Resources Assessment Section (NRAS) program contacts page.


What's New

  • 2017 Ambient Monitoring Factsheet now up on the NRAS Publications Page
  • Surface Water Monitoring for Pesticides: Web Map