Area agricultural producers are encouraged to take part in a free pesticide collection event Oct. 26 in Clackamas.
Participation is by reservation only because disposal funds are limited.
This anonymous event means that all contact is with the pesticide disposal company, not state agencies.
Application forms to participate may be found at www.conservationdistrict.org or www.clackamasproviders.org
Pesticide collection events are important for two reasons.
First, they provide anonymous and safe disposal of unused, old, restricted or damaged pesticides. And second, they help protect local rivers and streams from accidental pesticide contamination.
In Clackamas County, several of the rivers and streams provide drinking water to residents. These include the Clackamas, Molalla and Willamette rivers, and tributaries to the Sandy River.
However, all rivers and streams are important to wildlife and recreationists who also rely on clean, safe water.
Over the last 10 years, pesticide events in Clackamas County have collected and disposed of 75.96 tons.
To dispose of these pesticides safely can be quite expensive. That is what makes these free events so important to producers.
Funding to pay for this event comes from the Pesticide Stewardship Partnership Program at the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Clackamas River Water Providers.
Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships (PSP) bring together groups of partners that work together bringing local expertise, agencies, landowners and resource users to identify elevated levels of pesticides in selected watersheds.
The goal is to develop cooperative rather than regulatory solutions to reduce elevated pesticide levels in rivers and streams.
In Clackamas County PSPs have been formed in the Clackamas and Pudding River Watersheds.
The October event is supported by Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, the Clackamas River Basin Council, Oregon Departments of Agriculture and Environmental Quality, Valley Agriplas, and Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.
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