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  • The Raptor Squad: Superheroes of Rodent Control

    (Photo by Claudine Lamothe)
    (Words by Gina Gervase, Communications Assistant)

    As dusk settles into night and cricket voices emerge to fill the quiet, the silent wings of a barn owl are lit by the light of the moon. Slow, steady wing beats propel the barn owl as it soars quietly, patrolling open fields using its impressively sharp hearing to locate the sound of scurrying rodents. Honing in on its prey, the barn owl swoops down, snatching a gopher in its talons, and returns to its nest where fluffy, noisy youngsters wait open-beaked for their meal.

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  • NCAP Opposes Oregon Rule Change to Allow Workers and Families to “Shelter in Place” During a Pesticide Application

    (Photo by US Department of Agriculture)
    (Words by Megan Dunn, Healthy People and Communities Program Director)

    After several public meetings and over 1000 oral and written comments, Oregon has decided to adopt two new Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) that would allow people in worker housing to “shelter in place” when the grower sprays within the 100-foot application exclusion zone of their housing[i].

    Previously federal law required a 100-foot radius where pesticides are being sprayed near workers, but this new law allows spraying within 100 feet if workers are sheltered inside a building. NCAP, along with several farmworker groups, unions and other environmental groups, strongly opposed the rule changes.

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  • published Spring 2018 Splash Page in SUPPORT US 2018-03-16 10:27:20 -0700

    Thank You for Your Support!


    Sorry for the interruption. We'll only bother you this once. NCAP needs your help in order to continue our work in education, research and advocacy for alternatives to pesticides!

    If every visitor to our website gave just $6, we'd be fully funded for the year!


    Our sincere thanks,
    The NCAP Team

  • published Donate Now in SUPPORT US 2018-02-28 16:33:39 -0800

  • donated 2018-02-28 15:24:15 -0800

    Support our Spring Campaign

    $45,871.00 raised
    GOAL: $45,000.00

    Thank you for giving to our spring campaign!
    Our goal is to raise $45,000 by June 20.

    With these funds we will be able to:

    • Continue our ability to put pressure on the government to adopt restrictions on pesticides threatening endangered salmon species.
    • Work with cities and school districts to implement pesticide policies that protect children and residents from toxic chemicals.
    • Organize field visits with farmers and local communities to plant beneficial insect and pollinator habitat.

    A healthy climate, clean air, water, and soil are incalculable in their value to all of us. More than a BILLION POUNDS of pesticides are used annually in the United States. It's a big problem that needs a big solution.

    That’s why Mountain Rose Herbs is generously supporting our work in the month of May with a $5,000 matching challenge. For every dollar you donate in May, Mountain Rose Herbs will match it, dollar for dollar!

    Thank You, Mountain Rose Herbs!


  • signed Imidacloprid Oyster Petition 2017-10-24 11:06:23 -0700
    Please protect community and environmental health by denying this application. We need alternatives, not toxic contamination of Washington waters.

    Help protect a fragile ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest


    Thank you for your interest in this petition, however, the comment period is now closed. You may read or sign, but no additional signatures will be sent to the Washington Department of Ecology at this time.

    The Washington Department of Ecology is examining an application to allow an imidacloprid insecticide application to the waters of Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. The use of imidacloprid is intended to control two native species of burrowing shrimp, ghost shrimp (Neotrypaea californiensis) and mud shrimp (Upogebia pugettensis), which are negatively affecting oyster farming.

    Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) has been following this issue. We’ve researched scientific data on this pesticide and we have reviewed the draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). We will soon submit a comment letter which raises serious concerns about the conclusions by the Department of Ecology and possible approval of the use of imidacloprid in a tidal area.

    Petition Text:

    156 signatures

    "We, the undersigned, support efforts to protect this fragile ecosystem from a potentially dangerous pesticide application. This plan is understudied, inadequate and fails to protect community and environmental health!

    We support timely efforts to expand promising alternatives to neonicotinoids and to increase their feasibility and effectiveness. Investments should be made in educational, technical, financial, policy, and market support to accelerate adoption of alternatives rather than continuing to rely on highly toxic pesticides. Research and demonstration are needed to determine and improve the most effective alternatives and their respective potential and feasibility for farms of different sizes, locations, shrimp population density, and access to equipment. The state should invest its resources in these efforts prior to and instead of allowing toxic contamination of state estuaries.

    Department of Ecology must protect Washington’s water, wildlife, public health, and local economies from the harmful impacts of toxic pesticides. The future of oyster farming in Washington State depends on the industry’s ability to adopt sustainable cultural and management strategies."

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  • donated 2017-09-26 11:21:00 -0700

    Endowment Giving

    $271,285.00 raised
    GOAL: $400,000.00

    Endowments provide a reliable source of funding in perpetuity, so non-profit organizations can count on annual income distributions to support their ongoing work. Endowment funds stabilize organizations financially, help them carry on their work by reducing economic uncertainty and offer the ability to reliably plan. 

    With your endowment support, we can continue to educate, mobilize communities and celebrate successes into the next 40 years and beyond.

    Have you given an annual gift this year? We rely on regular giving from our members to support our current campaign work. Annual gifts can be made here:


  • answered 2017-06-19 15:02:37 -0700
    Q: For each of the following situations, decide whether an insectary strip, cover cropping, or both would be appropriate.
    A: Improving water infiltration for subsequent crops

  • answered 2017-06-19 16:34:23 -0700
    Q: What can the public do to improve sustainability of crop pollination and stabilize natural ecosystems?
    A: All of the above

  • signed Don't allow Trump Donors to Derail Science about Pesticide Impact! 2017-04-27 16:51:54 -0700
    As a mother I am very concerned about my daughter’s health. The EPA’s own scientists recommend banning chlorpyrifos because it can harm children’s brains, and it’s so frustrating that Scott Pruitt isn’t following the recommendation of his own agency. Please please stop disregarding human and animal health because you are anti-regulation. Do you really want the decimation of an endangered species on your hands? Do the right thing here for all of us.

    Don't allow Trump Donors to Derail Science about Pesticide Impact!

    Dow Chemical Plant, Photo courtesy Sea Grant

    Thank you for your interest. However, we have already submitted all comments to the EPA here. Any new signatures will not be submitted at this time.

    Tell EPA: Protect People & Endangered Species from Pesticides

    The continued survival of threatened salmon and steelhead species on the West Coast is in jeopardy from current-use pesticides. In more than half of the Biological Opinions issued for 31 pesticides, the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that the use of the pesticide under existing labels would threaten the continued existence of one or more salmon or steelhead species. [1]

    Despite these analyses, the chemical industry has counseled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to forget about endangered species.

    We are very concerned about recent industry efforts to dismiss analyses completed by the EPA and National Marine Fisheries Service. As reported by the New York Times on April 20, 2017, Dow Chemical and other pesticide makers are asking the EPA to “set aside” its endangered species analyses, charging that the science underlying the most recent analysis was not “reliable.” The most recent evaluation concluded that the use of chlorpyrifos, a highly neurotoxic insecticide, would be likely to adversely affect ALL of the salmon and steelhead listed on the Endangered Species list, as well as most other endangered and threatened species nationwide. Interestingly, Dow contributed $1 million to Trump’s inauguration.

    Chlorpyrifos, sold as Dursban and Lorsban, has also been implicated in numerous human health issues over the years, including lower brain function in children. The EPA recently declined to ban the use of chlorpyrifos on food.

    Help us push back! Sign this petition to the EPA asking them to protect people and endangered species. We are collecting signatures until May 15, 2017 and then delivering to the EPA.

    [1] See completed consultation documents at

    134 signatures

    Petition Text:

    Don't ignore the findings of federal scientists. Uphold science-based analysis of endangered species in pesticide registration decisions. And don’t ignore people! Ban the use of Chlorpyrifos in food production to protect community health.

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  • signed Thank You Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew 2017-04-24 11:07:24 -0700
    Thank you so much for your hard work to make your capitol a beautiful and healthy place without toxic pesticides! I live in Oregon but am so impressed and I hope the Oregon capitol follows suit!

    Thank the Washington State Capitol Grounds Crew

    (photo courtesy Neil Harris, taken March 31, 2017)

    Thank you for your interest, but we have closed signatures and delivered them to the Olympia Capitol groundskeepers. See press coverage of this effort here and here!

    You can send your own thank you note to the following address:

    Brent Chapman and Staff
    Washington State Department of Enterprise Services
    PO Box 41401
    Olympia, WA 98504-1401

    Thank you, groundskeepers!

    In response to ‘dandelion-gate,’ when senators spent over 20 minutes discussing and complaining about the presence of dandelions on the Olympia Capitol Campus grounds, we’ve written a thank you note to the hardworking grounds crew staff. They have been trying so hard to keep up with all the spring flowers without using pesticides! The Capitol crew has been experimenting with natural and sustainable landscaping, including organic weed control, repurposed compost and leaves used to enrich and activate soils, cardboard and wood chip layers used to suppress unwanted growth, and planting drought tolerate native plants for habitat. These changes make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone!

    Please sign this virtual thank you card and share with friends on social media. We will collect signatures until May 8, 2017 and then deliver to the groundskeeping staff.

    431 signatures

    dandeliontycard.jpgThe Capitol campus is noticeably full of spring flowers, healthy grass and historic trees!

    We appreciate the hard work of the campus grounds crew and the landscapers, horticulturists, arborists, weed pullers, garbage collectors, custodians, and all the workers who take care of Olympia’s incredible and picturesque campus grounds.

    Your natural and sustainable efforts make the area a safe and healthy environment for everyone–from senators to pollinators to kids to fish downstream. We appreciate your forward thinking, implementing new landscaping and turf care that reflects our values to end a reliance on harmful chemical pesticides.

    Thank you to the hardworking crew at the capitol!

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  • tagged Senator Chase Receives Rachel Carson Award with people & communities 2015-10-12 11:25:35 -0700

  • tagged Florida Farmworkers Praise New EPA Pesticide Rules with food & farms 2015-10-12 11:06:03 -0700

    Florida Farmworkers Praise New EPA Pesticide Rules

    10/4/2015. New minimum age requirements! "This is huge. You have no idea how big this is for farmworkers," said Jeannie Economos, pesticide-safety and environmental-health project coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida in Apopka.

  • tagged Monsanto's Migraine: The biotech giant is facing one fiasco after another with wildlife & water 2015-10-12 11:07:46 -0700

    Monsanto's Migraine: The biotech giant is facing one fiasco after another

    10/3/2015. Carcinogenic herbicides. EU bans. Errant tweets. The massive multinational can't seem to escape bad press of late.