11 May '11, 5pm

Should pesticides be sprayed into waterways? The Senate is about to vote to exempt pesticides from the Clean Water Act.

David Bianco’s rose farm in Selma, Oregon sits next to a private forest whose owners plan to conduct aerial spraying of herbicides. Lake Selmac, a popular recreational lake and campground, sits just half a mile from the forest. David, along with some of his fellow residents of McMullen Creek, have been fighting to stop the planned spraying . He’s raised concerns about the impact the herbicide might have on his roses, the impact it has on his father-in-law’s health, and the impact it might have on Lake Selmac. Photo: Jeremy McWilliams He has a right to be concerned. Pesticides are, by design, poisons made to kills things. Many of our waterways are already impaired by pesticide contamination. And now, if special interests have their way, people like David and his neighbors will lose a critical tool to keep pesticides out of their local waterways. The Senate is poised to pass...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/mwu/pesticide_industry_...

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