Help protect a fragile ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest


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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:

"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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  • Sally Stephens
    signed 2018-01-07 09:41:40 -0800
    Really, there is only 1 Earth, people really need to quit fucking it up!!
  • Hanna Jones
    signed 2017-11-21 08:32:23 -0800
  • Valerie Friedman
    signed 2017-11-07 19:42:54 -0800
    Valerie Friedman
  • Rose Lee
    signed 2017-11-02 13:49:44 -0700
    Tens of thousands of pesticides are registered which are constantly changing. Formulations also are constantly changing. There are no checks and balances which includes staff and funding to independently evaluate these pesticides. Data is industry produced. Until there is funding and adequate environmental protection of human, fishery, and animal habitat, hands off micro-managing the environment with toxic chemicals! There are too many questions for safe use and long term effects.
  • I. Taylor
    signed 2017-11-02 08:09:27 -0700
  • Jessica Harrold
    signed 2017-11-01 10:07:02 -0700
  • Steven Macdonald
    signed via 2017-10-31 21:30:23 -0700
  • Roxanne Shive
    signed 2017-10-31 14:37:15 -0700
  • Grace Mayer
    signed 2017-10-31 14:01:29 -0700
  • James Baker
    signed 2017-10-31 13:39:58 -0700
  • Kim Leval
    signed 2017-10-31 13:18:18 -0700
  • Dianne Ensign
    signed 2017-10-31 12:11:35 -0700
    I’m a lifelong environmentalist dedicated to protecting the earth. The use of toxic pesticides needs to be taken much more seriously, particularly in fragile and vital ecosystems.
  • Sherry Tenn
    signed 2017-10-29 20:26:40 -0700
  • Teresa Beutel
    signed 2017-10-29 19:49:35 -0700
  • Linda Parrish
    signed via 2017-10-29 18:44:16 -0700
  • Wendy Simmons
    signed 2017-10-29 14:47:41 -0700
  • Diane Bungum
    signed 2017-10-28 17:58:31 -0700
  • Miranda Scalzo
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-28 15:58:12 -0700
    Sign the petition: Help protect a fragile ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest
  • Miranda Scalzo
    signed 2017-10-28 15:57:27 -0700
  • Calli Madrone
    signed 2017-10-27 20:42:46 -0700
    Calli Madrone
  • Kyle Rolnick
    signed 2017-10-27 18:46:10 -0700
    Water is such a precious resource, please give it all the chances you can to stay clean and