Environmental regulators for Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality found that the concentration of pesticide levels in key Oregon waterways have dropped to a fraction of their former measurements, according to a report by Capital Press(Salem, Oregon).
Local farmers voluntarily altered their pesticide application standards as part of an interagency pesticide stewardship program. Proactive efforts to keep chemicals out of the water help deter the need for regulatory action in the future.
50 percent of waterway sites that were tested between 2015 and 2017 showed an improvement in water quality compared to the two previous years. 27 percent of the sites recorded a decline in water quality, and 23 percent showed no change. » Read more