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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  • Lucinda Herring
    signed 2017-10-25 19:17:18 -0700
    Lucinda Herring
  • Jean Hokanson
    signed 2017-10-25 19:12:27 -0700
  • Jilena Alpert
    signed 2017-10-25 18:36:33 -0700
  • Marcia Rutan
    signed 2017-10-25 17:54:21 -0700
    Marcia Rutan
  • Ingrid Ford
    signed 2017-10-25 16:23:39 -0700
    Ingrid
  • Daniel Claussen
    signed 2017-10-25 14:33:12 -0700
  • Samantha Kilgore
    signed 2017-10-25 12:15:29 -0700
  • Amanda Snelson
    signed 2017-10-25 11:56:53 -0700
    This is disturbing… I’ve worked around pesticides (of all types) and all have Federal Warnings to Not apply near water ways or even ditches!! There is a reason for these warnings!!! Aquatic life is very sensitive. There’s too much pollution in our oceans as is… what are they thinking????
  • Andrea Downs
    signed 2017-10-25 08:25:41 -0700
  • Laurie Enger
    signed 2017-10-25 05:01:06 -0700
  • Darla Wroblski
    signed 2017-10-25 00:09:04 -0700
    Enough with the pesticides, stop POISONING EVERYTHING! There are healthier alternatives!!!!!!!
  • Deborah Petersen
    signed via 2017-10-24 19:27:46 -0700
  • Wendy Hughes
    signed via 2017-10-24 17:17:52 -0700
    Wendy Hughes
  • Pamela Madigan
    signed via 2017-10-24 16:49:16 -0700
  • Ilsa Olsen
    signed 2017-10-24 15:50:06 -0700
  • Stacie Lerch
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-24 15:08:56 -0700
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  • Stacie Lerch
    signed 2017-10-24 15:08:37 -0700
    WA Dept of Ecology be responsible and set and example for finding pesticide ALTERNATIVES to protect our health now and for the future!! I am disabled by Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Stop making people sick and endangering out long term environment and survival! Stacie Lerch

    “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.”
  • Tia Savedo
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  • Tia Savedo
    signed 2017-10-24 13:47:58 -0700
  • Marianne Tompkins
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  • Marianne Tompkins
    signed 2017-10-24 13:38:56 -0700
  • Andrea Stapleton
    signed 2017-10-24 12:49:32 -0700
    Andrea Stapleton
  • Kristi Johnson
    signed 2017-10-24 11:36:31 -0700
  • Ashley Chesser
    signed 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.