Pesticide Reduction Efforts

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The CRWP continues to work with a number of our Basin partners on Pesticide Reduction Efforts. See what we are working on below.

*NEW – Parting with Pesticides Pledge
Because low levels of pesticides continue to be found in water samples collected from the Clackamas River and its tributaries, the Clackamas River Water Providers are working with the Clackamas River Basin Council, to implement a Parting with Pesticide Pledge Program.  Homeowners or residents in the Clackamas Watershed that care about protecting water quality for people, fish, wildlife, drinking water and pets can help prevent more pesticides from reaching the river by making a declaration to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides on their yard and property. 

Participants who are using few to no pesticides (including herbicides and fungicides) can sign the pledge and display a beautiful, basin specific yard sign to highlight the important steps they are taking to promote and enhance the health of our watershed.  Take the Pledge today and display your salmon proudly.   

 

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November 5th, 2016 Pesticide Collection Event
The CRWP is partnered with the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District to sponsor a pesticide collection event for Clackamas watershed agricultural users to help get old and unwanted pesticides out of our watershed. Thanks to the 20 plus agricultural users that participated in the event we were able to safely dispose of thousands of pounds of unwanted pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides along with recycling hundreds of triple rinsed plastic pesticide containers, helping us protect our drinking water source and fish habitat.

The CRWP has been funding or sponsoring Pesticide Collection Events with partners in the Clackamas River watershed since 2007.  Through these efforts we have been able to collect and dispose of 119,265 lbs of pesticides.

Pesticide Reduction Efforts with the Clackamas River Basin Council

The Clackamas River Water Providers continue to work with Clackamas River Basin Council to support an outreach program for voluntary pesticide reduction through the distribution of educational fact sheets, consultations with landowners, and developing outreach to residential property owners. This year’s efforts have also included working with Metro to hold a second Neighborhood Household Hazardous Waste Collection event (July 2015) in the watershed, and developing an Urban Pesticide Reduction Pledge Program.  To see CRBC’s report on FY 2014-15 pesticide reduction activities click here.

Pesticide Reduction Efforts with the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District
The CRWP is working with the CCSWCD to leverage funding for pesticide reduction workshops and two pesticide reduction programs. The Windsock Program and the Pesticide Sprayer Efficiency Cost Share Program.

Windsock Program – The purpose of this program is to help agricultural producers apply pesticides without losing chemicals to drift from wind. Agricultural users can get a free calibrated windsock through the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District. These windsocks are attached directly to the tractor for real time information to make quick, more accurate decisions on spraying practices to reduce pesticide drift.
Windsock Fact Sheet

Sprayer Efficiency Cost-Share Program – This program provides cost share on the replacement of a limited number of parts for commercial pesticide spray equipment of agricultural producers in the Clackamas River watershed. The purpose is to increase sprayer efficiency and reduce the amount of pesticide used. Reducing pesticides reduces the risk of polluting nearby waters that are used by humans, fish, and wildlife.
Nozzle Replacement Cost Share Form

Pesticide Stewardship Partners
The CRWP is an active participant of the Clackamas Pesticide Stewardship Partners. The Clackamas Basin Pesticide Stewardship Partnership (Clackamas PSP) is a voluntary, collaborative process of monitoring, information sharing, and problem solving to protect the river and its tributaries. Our goal is to offer water quality monitoring data, resources and training for landowners and managers to enable more efficient and effective pesticide use that reduces drift and runoff.
Clackamas Basin Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Fact Sheet

For more information about the Clackamas Basin Pesticide Stewardship Partnership go to http://conservationdistrict.org/programs/pesticide-stewardship-partnership

Organic Farm Certification Feasibility Study – The purpose of this study was to identify what kind of organic certification program are available to farmers, and to better understand what the impediments are to farms from pursuing these kinds of certifications. The CRWP’s intent was to gain a better understanding of how we can entice more farms in the Clackamas River watershed to become organically certified as a strategy to reduce pesticide use in the basin. Click to view the CRBC final report.

 Pesticide Reduction Fact Sheets

CRBC offers a suite of seven fact sheets available to targeted users and appealing to the general public, and provides one-on-one consultations for landowners.  These fact sheets are distributed in a variety of ways to stakeholder within the watershed. Click below to view the individual fact sheets

For more information about the pesticide program being implemented by the Clackamas River Basin Council for the Clackamas River Water Providers, visit the Clackamasriver.org webpage.