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Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy
The NY Department of Environmental Conservation released the Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy (LIPPPS) in July 2014. This is the continuation of the findings of the multiyear Long Island Pesticide Update Management Plan (LI PUMP). LIPPPS contains the blueprint for a new pesticide pollution approach on Long Island. Its overall goal is to protect water quality from pesticide-related impacts, while continuing effective pest management on Long Island.
The Long Island Strategy will affect virtually all users of pesticides on Long Island – agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional. It will focus first on three active products – imidacloprid, metalaxyl, and atrazine. Active Ingredient Data Packages have been compiled for each of these ingredients and are now available on the NY DEC website for review by users of these pesticides.
DEC is in charge of implementing the LIPPPS and is gathering a group of interested stakeholders including farmers and the horticultural industry to discuss information about the uses, products, alternatives, monitoring data, pollution prevention measures, and best management practices of imidacloprid, metalaxyl, and atrazine. DEC recognizes that growers hold much of the expertise about these active ingredients and their application use and wants growers and users to weigh in on the possible best management practices/pollution prevention measures that will be discussed at upcoming Stakeholder Meetings. If you are affected by possible changes to the use of these ingredients as presented by the data packages and have comments, it is imperative that you contribute during the Stakeholder meetings being held at:
Suffolk County Water Authority Office
260 Motor Parkway
Atrazine: Tuesday, June 23 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mefenoxam/Metalaxyl: Tuesday, June 23 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Imidacloprid: Wednesday, June 24 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The DEC is taking RSVP’s online at http://doodle.com/ndfc6ng2uw3mnug5tysuhau3/admin#table
If you cannot attend the meeting and wish to provide input about the data packages on active ingredients, comment cards are available online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/87125.html and must be submitted by the July 30th deadline.
Farmers Market vendors wanted for Celebrate Grown on Long Island Day, Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. Products must include items Grown on Long Island. Specific requirements are mandatory. Call for information, 641.727.3777.
FIND A FARMSTAND OR FARMERS MARKET
The Grown on Long Island season is upon us! Be sure to stop at your local farm stands, farmers markets and purchase local products in supermarkets this spring, summer and fall! To Find a farmstand or farmers market that sells "Grown on Long Island' products, click here.