Friends of Toppenish Creek

Board of Directors

Executive Director


FOTC Articles of Incorporation

FOTC By Laws



Friends of Toppenish Creek Needs your help! Please consider joining us.

Groundwater levels are dropping. Will there be adequate water for your children and grandchildren to use in their daily lives?

Is the Lower Yakima Valley water quality hazardous to your and your children’s health now and in the future?

What can we do to limit the mega dairies from polluting the air and the water supplies?

Is there a way to stop the over application of dairy manure to our lower valley lands?

Why should a 75 year old WA state law which says livestock has unlimited water not be challenged in these modern times of population and agrarian growth?

Please contact us through or by phone at 509-874-2798

What membership means


Goals and Objectives

The Friends of Toppenish Creek is a non-profit corporation, created in 2009, for the following charitable, scientific and educational purposes:

  1. To take and inspire action to restore, enhance, preserve and protect the Toppenish Creek, Yakima and Columbia River watersheds as a natural resource and a community resource, and to restore, enhance, preserve, and protect open space and natural areas within the watersheds; 
  2. To promote awareness, community support and appreciation of the Toppenish Creek, Yakima and Columbia River watersheds;
  3. To promote for the benefit of the general public the preservation, protection and balanced use of the natural resources in, but not limited to, the Toppenish Creek, Yakima and Columbia River watersheds;
  4. To increase awareness and be a catalyst for change affecting the quality of water, fish in the streams and rivers, drinking water and air;
  5. To increase community eco-friendly use, appreciation and understanding of the natural environment through protection and preservation of the Toppenish Creek watershed ecosystem, for the enjoyment, education, and benefit of present and future generations;
  6. To randomly test water quality through the measurement of phosphates and/or nitrates in drinking water;
  7. To use all properties held or controlled by the corporation and the net earnings thereof for the benefit of the general public and for charitable, educational, recreational, conservation, scientific, and historic purposes;
  8. To cooperate with other nonprofit organizations in the preservation, monitoring, and conservation of the Toppenish Creek, Yakima and Columbia River watersheds;
  9. To cooperate with other nonprofit organizations in the preservation, monitoring, and conservation of other watersheds and ecosystems throughout the Country;
  10. To aid, support, and assist by gifts, contributions or otherwise, other corporations, community chests, funds and foundations organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes, including one or more of the purposes listed above.
  11. To do any and all lawful activities which may be necessary, useful or desirable for the furtherance, accomplishment, fostering or attainment of the above purposes, either directly or indirectly and either alone or in conjunction or cooperation with others.


Friends of Toppenish Creek began in 2008 when neighbors banded together to prevent a mega-dairy from relocating along the banks of Toppenish Creek. The group was successful and went on to incorporate. Since then, FOTC has:

FOTC Letters & Statements

August 8, 2021 Letter to WA Ecology regarding certification of the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Management Area

When Ecology certified the LYV GWMA Program in 2019 there were three conditions for the certification. Those conditions have not been met. FOTC now asks Ecology whether the agency will follow up or let the certification stand. 

To read the letter click Here.


June 7, 2021 Letter to WA Ecology re the Columbia River Basin Long-Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast

Our comments concern the disproportionate impact that concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) dairies have on LYV groundwater. This relationship should be described in detail in the Long-Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast.

The Draft tells us that the Grand Ronde aquifer in the LYV is declining at a rate of 3 to 9 feet per year. The Wanapum aquifer in the LYV is declining at a rate of 2 to 5 feet per year. (Pages 53, 224 & 227)

According to the Draft the time frame for 25% drawdown in saturated thickness of the LYV aquifer is from 26 to 50 years. The time frame for 25% drawdown in saturated thickness in the Eastern Benton area that includes the Moxee area is 11 to 25 years. (Pages 55 & 229) This is a crisis.

To read more click here


March 6, 2021 Letter to Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Senior Director of Environmental Justice, U.S. White House
In 2009 the EPA designated the Lower Yakima Valley an Environmental Justice Showcase Community and, since then, local officials have placed more value on shoring up the dairy industry than they do on human health and welfare. Water quality deteriorates and people must buy bottled water or consume unsafe drinking water. Environmental Justice is only a dirty word in Yakima County in the minds of officials. We strongly feel that the EPA should continue to pursue the goals laid out in their 2010 Environmental Justice declaration for the Lower Yakima Valley. To read the entire letter click Here.

January 27, 2021 Letter to the WA State Conservation District re Inadequacies at the South Yakima Conservation District     
This is a formal complaint. The South Yakima Conservation District (SYCD) has misled and failed constituents. The WA State Conservation Commission (WSCC) has failed to protect us by inadequately reviewing the SYCD programs as required by RCW 89.08.070 (1) (b).To Read More Click Here

 January 26, 2021 Letter to the Yakima Health District re Community 
We are in the middle of a pandemic and our national response has been a disaster.  Our local response has also been no less of a failure.  As of today, January 25, 2021, 25,000 people in Yakima County have been infected and 362 have died.  That is a rate of 1 in 10 infected and 1 in 693 dead. To Read More Click Here
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