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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  • Brenda Gaines
    signed 2017-10-26 20:01:45 -0700
  • Gail Chism
    signed 2017-10-26 19:21:31 -0700
  • F Rodrguez
    signed 2017-10-26 19:15:51 -0700
  • Karen Khan
    signed 2017-10-26 19:04:01 -0700
  • terri silliman
    signed 2017-10-26 18:41:17 -0700
  • Jesse Kirkham
    signed 2017-10-26 18:36:33 -0700
  • Christina Conroy
    signed 2017-10-26 18:35:45 -0700
    Christina Conroy
  • Richard Crerie
    signed 2017-10-26 18:35:44 -0700
    It does not make sense to kill everything just to protect an industry.
  • Diane Weinstein
    signed 2017-10-26 18:07:27 -0700
  • Cindy Risvold
    signed 2017-10-26 18:00:01 -0700
  • Charles and Reida Kimmel Kimmel
    signed 2017-10-26 17:53:10 -0700
    Herbicides and pesticides are all toxic to invertebrate life, aquatic or land based. As these creatures are the base of life’s pyramid, we are playing with fire in mindlessly destroying systems of nature whose many ways of supporting our whole ecosystem are but imperfectly understood.
  • Howard Blumenthal
    signed 2017-10-26 17:37:35 -0700
  • Gary Ladenes
    signed 2017-10-26 16:49:23 -0700
    Pesticides sh should not be used in an ocean environment as the harm to other organisms cannot be controlled.
  • Nancy Moysiuk
    signed 2017-10-26 16:45:33 -0700
  • Linda Carlson
    signed 2017-10-26 16:42:54 -0700
    Please protect our water, our children and the future!
  • Nancy Lyles
    @NancyLyles tweeted link to this page. 2017-10-26 16:41:43 -0700
    Sign the petition: Help protect a fragile ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest
  • Nancy Lyles
    signed 2017-10-26 16:41:23 -0700
  • Ellen Singer
    signed 2017-10-26 16:29:26 -0700
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  • Helen Rueda
    signed 2017-10-26 16:14:35 -0700
    Helen Rueda
  • Virginia Young
    signed 2017-10-26 16:07:36 -0700
  • Judy Lane
    signed 2017-10-26 16:02:43 -0700
  • Jen Davis
    signed 2017-10-26 15:58:18 -0700
    As a veteran of 20 years as a beekeeper, who firsthand has seen a radical and alarming loss of our bees, I urge you to abandon the idea of using the highly Bee-toxic Imidacloprid in our waterways. Bees must drink water. Further, studies have found Neonicotinoids in water and air samples- showing that