Sign Our Petition to Let the Town of Berthoud know

I would like to invite you to sign a petition to be submitted to the Town Board of Berthoud regarding the issue of mosquito spraying.

Sign the petition! 

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Last August, the Town of Berthoud conducted an “Emergency Spraying” of pesticides over the entire town.  Unfortunately, it was not an emergency and toxic chemicals were sprayed putting at risk the environment, beneficial insects, animals and human health.

Additionally, shut-offs to chemically sensitive people were not honored and inadequate notice was provided to the citizens of Berthoud.   This decision compromised the risk of chemical exposure to our health (people were told to stay indoors during the spraying for at least 4 hours) and to our organic gardens (some people were out of town or unaware of the spray).  The spraying was triggered by a vague and poorly written resolution that was passed in 2015.

We believe the board has taken steps in the right direction.  During the March 28th Town Board meeting, a ¾ mile larvicide application perimeter around town was adopted to strengthen source reduction.  Larvicide is one of two of the strongest methods to get rid of diseased mosquitoes (the second is education) as noted by the Larimer County Department of Health and Colorado Mosquito Control.

Larvicide prevents mosquitoes from hatching by putting a naturally occurring bacterium in water areas where mosquitoes are known to breed.  This superior method strongly prevents the emergence of adult mosquitoes and WNV in our community.  Larviciding has successfully worked for 5 years here in Berthoud with only .001% of people reporting WNV in the entire area of Berthoud.  Out of the these reported cases, it is uncertain if they even contracted WNV in Berthoud, another town or state.

The only time that the Larimer County Department of Health has issued an emergency was in 2003 at the onset of WNV.  Spraying pesticides should only occur under true emergency conditions as deemed by CDC or Larimer County Department of Health.

The cities of Denver and Boulder successfully employ a Larvicide and Education only policy stating environmental and health concerns caused by spraying

We are requesting that you sign this petition in support of a strong larvicide program combined with public education about self-protection and source reduction on private property.   We are also requesting that you sign this petition in support of spraying to be done only when an emergency condition is declared and conducted by the Larimer County Department of Health.

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Sign the petition! 

Topics to write or speak about

Here are some ideas to write or speak about:

Organic gardens
• I want to keep my gardens organic

Environmental concerns
• Concerns about the effect of insecticides on other (non-target) insects
• Concerned about hurting the dragonfly population
• Concerned about the bat population if we take away their food

Human and animal health
• I have chemical sensitivities
• I am concerned for my pets
• I am concerned about my children
• Effect on older adults
• Impact on respiratory issues

Resolution 15-16
• Poorly written
• Gives too much authority to the contractor
• Turns a recommendation in to an emergency
• Does not respect shut off requests
• Poor notification

Violation of property rights

What chemicals are they using
• Aqua-Kontrol 30-30
• Health effects of permethrin
• Health effects of Piperonyl butoxide
Health effects of Petroleum distillate

Ecological solutions
• Support our bat population
• Increase dragonfly population
• Enhance use of larvicide

Concerns for breeding grounds
• Old tires
• Over watering
• Agricultural areas

Or simply state, “I would like to add my name to the list of those who object to mosquito spraying in Berthoud.”

Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites!

You can protect yourself and your neighbors from mosquito bites in two ways – through prevention and elimination of stagnant water where mosquitoes breed:

Prevention Tips

  • Limit activity outdoors at dusk and dawn
  • Wear protective clothing like pants and long sleeves when outdoors
  • Wear mosquito repellant containing lemon eucalyptus oil
  • For more information on insect repellents, visit EPA’s website

Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites

  • Frequently remove standing water from containers, tires, birdbaths, gutters and buckets around your home
  • Do not over water your yard, as it can create standing water in gutters and storm sewers
  • Properly maintain fountains and swimming pools to ensure circulation, or drain and cover if not in use

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Install screens on windows and doors
  • Make sure roof gutters are not clogged and holding water
  • Incorporate xeriscape (non-watered landscaping) to further help reduce the number of mosquitoes in your neighborhood

Contact the board!

Contact the board!

Send an email to the Mayor and the board of Trustees stating your opposition to spraying for mosquitos.

Our Trustees are people like you and me. They are members of our community who have stepped up to make a difference in the town. They have families and full-time jobs in addition to their Trustee duties … which I have learned are many.

Here are some simple guidelines to make sure you message get through and is well received:

  • Keep it short and to the point

    Stay on message and make it so it fits on one page (no scrolling).

  • Use bullet points

    Bullet points help simplify the information and make it easier to take in.

  • Be polite!

    Even if you are really upset. Hostile, angry emails don’t elicit a positive response. They work against our cause. So, be polite and respectful and your message will be well received.

When you send an email to the board, send it to everyone in the “To:” field. That way when they reply with “Reply all” everyone on the board sees it.

Here is a link to the Board and their emails:
http://www.berthoud.org/government/board-of-trustees/meet-your-board

Masterline: Aqua-Kontrol 30-30

What are they spraying? Aqua-Kontrol 30-30.

It is a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide and synergist.

The 30-30 refers to it being 30% Permethrin and 30% Piperonyl Butoxide. The other 40% made up of an unknown proprietary chemical composition. Since it is a proprietary blend we have no way of knowing the toxicity of this portion of the product.

The product information sheet comes with several warnings:

  • Toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment on blooming crops or weeds
  • Toxic to aquatic organisms, including fish and aquatic invertebrates.
  • Harmful if swallowed.
  • Causes moderate eye irritation.
  • May cause allergic skin reactions

You can download the product sheet here:

http://masterline.com/product-documents/15044

Troubling Language of Resolution 15-16: Must Read!

In August I spoke at the Town Board meeting. What I discussed was the troubling language used in Berthoud’s Mosquito Control Policy that was passed along with Resolution 15-16 last year.

I apologize for the length of this. I will highlight a few of the most troubling parts here. I have included links to download copies of my entire notes from which I spoke and the recommendation to spray from Adrienne LeBailly.

From Section 3, first half of the first paragraph of Resolution 15-16, Mosquito Control Policy:

Upon notice of a Vector index of .5 or higher or on recommendation from Colorado Mosquito Control, Larimer County Public Health or the CDC, adult control will be implemented town-wide and spray exclusion area will not be recognized. Such control measures shall occur at the direction of the Town staff without further Board action.

1) There was no emergency. The policy states that upon “recommendation” adult control “will be” implemented. In a call with Derek Turner of the Larimer County Health Department, he stated “it was a recommendation, not a have to”. The way the Policy is written it turns the “recommendation” into a “have to”.

In the recommendation from Adrienne LeBailly, the Director of Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, she said it would be “prudent” for the town to spray.

To make matters worse, the town staff and Colorado Mosquito Control used incendiary language to ramp up this “recommendation” into an emergency.

Chris Buckridge used the phrase “real and Imminent threat” in an email reply. In a response from Ms. Boze, of CMC, she called it an “emergency public health application.”  And in the email notification from Mike Hart, the Town Administrator, to the trustees, he stated the following, “now determined to be a ‘public health risk’ by the Director of the Larimer County Department of Health.”

Why then is town staff and it’s contractor using incendiary language and refusing to honor shut-off requests when the email from Director LeBailly, was only a suggestion? What is the town’s motivation for ramping up language into an “emergency” situation when it was not? Why is the town staff so motivated to create an “emergency” out of a suggestion and blanket the town with insecticides?

If Director LeBailly is NOT using the language of “emergency”, then that should be reflected in town’s actions.

2) The decision to spray is up to outside organizations and the Town Board has no say in it what so ever. The policy is written in such a way that Colorado Mosquito Control, Larimer County Public Health or the CDC can “recommend” that the town spray and then we “have to” spray. Later in the policy is states that the spraying will be carried out by the town staff without further board action.

The first thing is that Colorado Mosquito Control should NOT be recommending that the town spray. That is a conflict of interest. They should be noted as a service provider only and so noted in the policy.

Secondly, the board SHOULD have the right to review the “recommendation” and decide to move forward or not. There may be many other factors to consider in making such an important decision and the Board should be involved in it.

3) Spraying “will be” implemented upon notice of a Vector index of .5 or higher or on recommendation from one of the above mentioned entities.

The location of the Vector Index is not specified. This means it could be in Northern Fort Collins, Weld County or some other location. A radius should be specified around Berthoud.

And the more troubling part of the highlighted text is the word “or on recommendation” which means even if there is not a high Vector Index, one of the above mentioned entities could make a “recommendation” and the town would have to spray.

4) “spray exclusion area will not be recognized.” If it’s not deemed an emergency by Adrienne LeBailly, then spray exclusions SHOULD be honored by anyone who requests them.

If you find this policy troubling, please write a polite email to the board members telling them what you object to and that you want them to revise or rescind Resolution 15-16.


Link to my complete comments:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/projects.achievingexcellence.com/Town+Meeting+Comment+8%3A23%3A16.rtf

Link to notice from Adrienne LeBailly including town correspondence:

http://achievingexcellence.com/projects.achievingexcellence.com/Email%20Regarding%20Spray%20from%20County.pdf

Resolution 15-16: Berthoud’s Mosquito Control Policy

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

In June of 2015, the Berthoud Town Board passed Resolution 15-16, their resolution to institute a policy to spray for mosquitos within the town limits.

Besides the fact that we object to the idea of blanketing the town with pesticides the resolution is poorly written.

You can have a read through it at the following link:

http://www.berthoud.org/home/showdocument?id=1452