Thursday, November 3, 2011
Pesticide Ruling Good News for Fish
This week a federal judge upheld a decision by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) which placed limits on pesticide use in close proximity to rivers and streams. Agriculture has encroached on many watersheds in the Pacific Northwest and the ruling was a major win for salmon and steelhead. Pesticide use can cause significant harm to both juvenile and adult salmonids, eroding water quality, killing terrestrial and aquatic insects which provide food and in some instances killing the fish directly. The effort to overturn the rule had been financed by agricultural chemical manufacturing companies.
More information in the Oregonian: