Here in the beautiful Rogue Valley, everyone wants clean rivers and streams. Our waterways provide habitat for fish and wildlife, recreation, and a source of drinking water. Unfortunately, recent pesticide monitoring efforts (by the Middle Rogue Pesticide Stewardship Partnership) have detected various pesticides in Rogue River tributaries and groundwater supplies. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, was detected in almost half the water samples collected.
Pesticides are any substance that is used to combat insects or other organisms that are harmful to cultivated plants or to animals. On average, suburban lawns and gardens receive more pesticides than any other land use type, including agriculture! When used improperly, pesticides can harm humans and pets contaminate drinking water supplies, or negatively affect native plants and wildlife. Salmon are especially sensitive to pesticides.
Keep reading to find out more information about how you can reduce your pesticide use. Help us keep pesticides out of our waterways.
These people have also agreed to follow the recommendations of the Pesticide Pledge to reduce the amount of pesticides that enter our streams.
We all need to work together to ensure the health of our watershed by reducing pesticide use. Rain and wind can spread pesticides, and other chemicals used on your lawns and gardens, into local streams, even if you do not live next to a waterbody.
You can help prevent pesticides from reaching our waterways by pledging to reduce the use of pesticides on your yard and property! As a resident in the Rogue River watershed that cares about protecting water quality for people, fish, wildlife, drinking water and pets - here is your chance to take the Pesticides Pledge!
There are many surprisingly easy ways (to part with or use pesticides) that still allow you to have a great looking lawn and garden. Here are a few practices that we recommend.
Additional resources for reducing and eliminating pesticide use can be found by visiting these links:
Middle Rogue Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships (https://www.jswcd.org/the-middle-rogue-pesticide-stewardship-partnership)
OSU Extension Service (https://extension.oregonstate.edu/)
Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center (https:extension.oregonstate.edu/sorec)
Jackson County Master Gardener Association (http://jacksoncountymga.org/)
Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (https://pesticidestewardship.org/calibration/doing-the-math/)
Beyond Pesticides (https://www.beyondpesticides.org/)