Local jurisdictions have very limited control over regulating local
pesticide use. New legislation introduced by Assemblymember Damon
Connoly would return some local control. Assembly Bill 99 would
require Caltrans to respect resolutions passed by counties banning
the roadside spraying of pesticides. This legislation builds on
decades of work by anti-spray advocates, who have continuously pushed
on the agency to reduce its reliance on the nozzle.
The EcoNews talks with Patty Clary of Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, Patty Mayall of Protect Our Watershed San Mateo County, and Megan Kaun of Sonoma Safe Ag, Safe Schools about their experience working to reduce roadside spraying and their thoughts on the proposed legislation.