Help stop the use of pesticides in our town, we need bees to pollinate orchards & gardens

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No more bee spraying in Warwick! No bees = No Humans, we need them!

As a community that prides itself on lush farm lands and flourishing apple orchards, Warwick needs to take a stand against toxic chemical sprays. The Village of Greenwood Lake is taking a strong lead and is declaring June 20th - June 26th pollinator week in GWL to bring people's attention to the essential role bees play in ecology!

This week we learned that a housing development in Warwick is spraying to kill bees. 

A photo of a sign out front of the development warning its residents to close their windows was posted on Facebook and the overwhelming majority of the response from Warwick residents has been against the spraying.

Did the rest of the homeowners have a vote? Were they given notice so they could voice their opinion before a decision was made? Were they provided with all the information about the toxin being used? Did the surrounding community get asked? Did the neighboring apple orchards get asked?

Information from the EPA about the purported toxic spray being used, Orthene 75:

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS This pesticide is toxic to birds. For terrestrial uses, do not apply directly to water, or to areas where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark. Do not contaminate water when cleaning equipment or disposing of equipment wash waters. Cover or soil-incorporate spills. Do not discharge effluent containing this product into lakes, streams, ponds, estuaries, oceans or other waters unless in accordance with the requirements of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and the permitting authority has been notified in writing prior to discharge. Do not discharge effluent containing this product to sewer systems without previously notifying the local sewage treatment plant authority. For guidance contact your State Water Board or Regional Office of the EPA. 8971.20130213. Per EPA email Mar 21, 2013 Page 2 of 36 This product and its degradate is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment on blooming crops or weeds. Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops or weeds while bees are actively visiting the treatment area. Exposed treated seed may be hazardous to birds and other wildlife.

Full document here:

https://www3.epa.gov/pesticides/chem_search/ppls/005481-08971-20130327.pdf

From the manufacturer of the chemical:

TOXIC to birds and wild mammals. Applications may adversely affect birds and wildlife visiting the treatment area.

Warwick employees and the mayor have been very supportive, they jumped in when notified and reached out to the DEC to see if this is even allowed. To our dismay, it is. We need to do something to change this!

There are many other options, organic remedies for nuisance bees and insects, bee hotels, plantings and other structures that attract bees away from homes.



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