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Tell DEQ: Protect Our Salmon Now!

by Josh Vincent — last modified Sep 13, 2012 06:48 PM
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Support a petition asking the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to incorporate new pesticide restrictions into their water quality standards.

It's Time to Finally Protect Oregon’s Waterways from Pesticides

 
If you know the history of NCAP's litigation to protect northwest waterways and wildlife, you know that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has repeatedly failed to implement new no-spray buffer zones and other necessary use limitations for dangerous pesticides. This has happened in spite of the fact that such measures were recommended by federal wildlife agencies and upheld by U.S. courts. 

That's why we're pleased to endorse a recent petition (PDF), filed by Northwest Environmental Advocates, asking the state of Oregon to step up and do the job that EPA should have done long ago.

If granted, this petition would make Oregon a national leader in clean water standards by creating protective measures that will help keep common pesticides out of the water - protecting threatened and endangered species and safeguarding environmental quality. 

You Can Help

 
Submit comments in support of GRANTING THE PETITION to DEQ by 6 pm on Tuesday, September 18th

Comments can be sent via email to: waterqualitystandards@deq.state.or.us

Why Should Oregon Do This?


In a series of recent Biological Opinions, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has determined that many commonly used pesticides (both herbicides and insecticides) are jeopardizing Oregon’s dwindling salmon and steelhead populations. Based on that determination, NMFS issued a list of use restrictions that are necessary to protect salmon.
 
Unfortunately, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency that registers and regulates pesticides, has yet to take any action and is now years behind schedule. 
 
The upside is that the State of Oregon doesn't need to wait for EPA. By granting this petition, Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality can adopt real and meaningful protections that will protect the state's spectacular rivers as well as the iconic salmon, other wildlife, and communities that depend on them.
 
Additionally, reducing pesticide contamination of Oregon's waterways will benefit Oregon’s commercial fishing operations. Commercial fishing is an industry that generates more than $500 million for Oregon's economy annually.
 
Please ask the State of Oregon to initiate rulemaking to incorporate NMFS’s restrictions.

Need help with comments? The rulemaking would discuss whether the state should

  • Incorporate into Oregon’s water quality rules the restrictions established by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead;
  • Amend its Clean Water Act permit that allows companies to discharge pesticides to incorporate restrictions established by NMFS needed to protect salmon and steelhead;
  • Petition the Oregon Department of Agriculture to adopt rules that incorporate the restrictions established by NMFS to protect salmon and steelhead;
  • Restrict sales of pesticides, change pesticide labels, and provide warning  information to pesticide users;
  • Petition the Oregon Department of Forestry to amend its rules to incorporate restrictions established by NMFS to protect salmon and steelhead.