Pesticide applicators now being recruited to help protect water
June 10, 2010
The Iowa DNR is working on developing a permit process for pesticide applicators
to ensure that their work complies with Federal laws that may require some of them to have NPDES permits. NPDES is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
, and it's the way in which the Federal government regulates most water pollution under the rules of the Clean Water Act. The DNR will be holding a meeting on June 29th to discuss the process with applicators. Interestingly, the rules won't apply to applicators of crop pesticides, but instead mainly for those who apply to control aquatic weeds, algae, and mosquitoes.
last revised June 2010