A big thank you to Alexis, Eleanor, Garbielle, Sandie and the many others who championed the efforts to stop the spray! The future health of the Bay Area will be much better thanks to you! And it is a great example for others how individuals can make a difference!!
(This photo looks much better without the airplane spraying chemicals - see previous post)
Jane Kay, Chronicle Environment Writer
Thursday, June 19, 2008
(06-19) 15:33 PDT Sacramento -- The San Francisco Bay Area and other urban areas in the state will no longer be sprayed aerially with a pesticide to eradicate the light brown apple moth, state and federal agriculture officials announced Thursday.
Instead the agricultural departments intend to fight the leaf-munching moth by releasing sterile moths and using other ground methods, said California Agricultural Secretary A.G. Kawamura and U.S. Department of Agricultural official Cindy Smith at a press conference.
The government had planned to spray counties where the moth had been found later this summer and fall. Thursday's announcement comes after government leaders and thousands of residents questioned the safety and effectiveness of the program.