The familiar adage that "it is always cheaper to
prevent ground water pollution than to clean it up" has some relevance in this
valley. This informal compilation, constructed with the assistance of Pocatello, Chubbuck,
and EPA officials, documents the major costs incurred in remediating groundwater and soil
contamination over the past decade.
In comparison, costs associated with
developing an understanding of aquifer dynamics, assembling existing information, and
identifying possible future approaches to protection are very small.