General Information: Stores that sell pesticides are now required to post a warning sign (see #2 below). We are asking folks to check at as many stores as possible to see if the signs are up. This information will be used to ensure compliance. Please return completed forms ASAP to: SPAWN * P.O. Box 400 *Forest Knolls, CA 94933 Or Fax: (415) 663-9534 Questions: email@example.com; for more info: Phone: (415) 663-8590 x103
Bush Administration Drops Protections
for Habitat Critical to Salmon by 80%
posted December 15th, 2004
On November 30th, 2004 the Bush Administration proposed slashing habitat protections for steelhead and chinook by 80%. The federal proposal can be found on the NOAA fisheries website at http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/salmon.htm.
Please write today and urge the National Marine Fisheries Service not to bow to industry pressure, and to ensure that protections necessary to the survival and recovery of endangered salmon are adopted.
**The public comment period closes at the end of January, 2005**
Identify the proposal in your written statement using:
docket number [041123329-4329-01]
RIN number [0648-AO04].
Protected Resources Division, NMFS,
501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200,
Long Beach, CA 90802-4213.
Identify the proposal using docket number [041123329-4329-01] and RIN number [0648-AO04].
The docket number [041123329-4329-01] and RIN number [0648-AO04] need to be included in the subject line of the message.
For more information on how this affects
the San Francisco Bay Area, Contact your local watershed group,
county officials or SPAWN.
In a precedent-setting ruling, Seattle,
Washington federal district court Judge John Coughenour has restricted
the use of 38 pesticides near salmon streams and has required point-of-sale
warnings on products containing pesticides that may harm salmon.
The ruling came in a case brought by the fishing and conservation
groups, Washington Toxics Coalition, Northwest Coalition for the
Alternative to Pesticides, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s
Associations and the Institute for Fisheries Resources.
The ruling followed Judge Coughenour's
2002 decision that found EPA out of compliance with the Endangered
Species Act for failing to protect salmon from harmful pesticides.
Other pesticides may be added in the future based on this ruling.
The ruling puts in place no-spray
buffers of 100 yards for aerial applications and 20 yards for ground
applications, with exceptions for certain uses that are unlikely
to pollute water.
The court order also requires this
warning for products containing seven pesticides that have polluted
urban salmon streams:
This product contains pesticides that
may harm salmon or steelhead.
Use of this product in urban areas
can pollute salmon streams.
These warnings must be provided to
purchasers in urban home and garden stores throughout Washington,
Oregon, and California.
The interim measures imposed in the
court's ruling will protect salmon from these pesticides during
the time it will take EPA to comply with the law. The judge found
"with reasonable scientific certainty, that the requested buffer
zones - 20 yards for ground applications, 100 yards for aerial applications
- will, unlike the status quo, substantially contribute to the prevention
of jeopardy" to salmon. He further found that the evidence
"demonstrate[s] that pesticide-application buffer zones are
a common, simple, and effective strategy to avoid jeopardy to threatened
and endangered salmonids."
The buffer zones will become effective
in early 2004 and will apply to salmon streams that support threatened
and endangered salmon throughout Washington, Oregon, and California.
Adapted and Reprinted by:
Salmon Protection and Watershed Network
PO Box 400
Forest Knolls, CA 94933
(415) 488-0370 x102
(415) 488-0372 Fax
WWW.SPAWNUSA.ORGSPAWN is a non-profit
organization dedicated to protecting threatened coho salmon and
steelhead trout and the environment on which we all depend. The
protection of these keystone species leads to the protection of
all wildlife of our community, and indeed the protection of ourselves
and the land on which we live.
Creeks Need Your Help!
Urge the Marin County Supervisors to
enact Stream Protection Measures.
Attend hearing or Send a letter to
the supervisors by 9am on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003.
Thanks to the dedication of agencies,
the County of Marin, environmental organizations and our community
the coho salmon and steelhead continue to return and spawn in West
We commend the Supervisors for enacting
new ordinances to further protect creekside habitat within the Stream
Conservation Area. However, homes, sheds, driveways and even wells,
for example, can still be placed within the Stream Conservation
Send a letter and urge the supervisors
to work with the environmental community to further these protections.
Our recent legal victory hopefully
heralds a new era of working with the County Supervisors. The supervisors
are planning to meet, in closed session, on Tuesday, November 25,
2003 to decide what to do about this legal decision.
Let’s show the Supervisors that
we as a community support the need to comprehensively consider past,
present and future impacts to the creek system through CEQA before
allowing more developments. Ask them to enact a building moratorium
on creekside parcels until such a study can be completed.
Please send a letter (see sample letter
below) to the Board of Supervisors via US mail, FAX or Email by
9am on November 25! PLEASE SEND US A COPY TOO.
of Marin Board of Supervisors
Susan Adams, Hal Brown , Annette Rose,
Steve Kinsey and Cynthia Murray
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
County of Marin Board of Supervisors
Susan Adams, Hal Brown , Annette Rose, Steve Kinsey and Cynthia
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903Dear Supervisor,
Please enact a moratorium on creekside
development until comprehensive studies and further protections
for endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout and their habitat
can be enacted. I urge you to move quickly to ratify a strong
streamside conservation area ordinance in currently known habitat
for threatened coho salmon and steelhead.
I understand that these protections
are currently being developed in conjunction with an all-County
wide plan, the approval of which may take longer and involve a
more detailed process. Thus I request that you first develop a
comprehensive plan for those areas that shelter endangered salmon
and other species on an expedited schedule. I also encourage you
to listen closely to the advice of the environmental groups who
closely follow the health of the stream ecosystem.
We believe that ordinance should
1. A 100 foot setback for any new
2. A moratorium on constructing any new wells inside the setback
3. A requirement to maintain streamside vegetation along all salmonid-bearing
about the Coho Salmon’s Life History
and How to Share Your Knowledge with others!
Join this highly successful program
that has allowed hundreds of people to marvel at the magnificent
return of the coho salmon to the Lagunitas Watershed in Marin County.
Through a training session of two evening seminars, readings from
a specially prepared workbook and 2 field trainings, participants
will learn about the natural history of coho salmon, steelhead trout
and other species in the Lagunitas Watershed and the threats to
these species and their critical habitat. Participants will also
learn the fundamentals of the art of “nature interpretation”
and will become equipped to share their newfound knowledge with
The season runs November- January,
when participants will lead creek walks to view spawning and migrating
salmon in the San Geronimo Valley, West Marin County, CA and/or
occupy viewing stations to share information with the public and/or
classes of students. There is a $50 fee for the class but if naturalists
devote 12 hours to educating the public through the program they
will receive a $25 stipend at the end of the season.
The training will entail the following classes in October and November
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7-9 pm
Wednesday, Nov 5, 7-9 pm
Sunday, October 26, 2003 9–1:30
pm/ 2-4 Creek Restoration Project
Sunday, November 16, 2003 9–4:30
Trainings will meet at the San Geronimo Valley Cultural Center at
6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., (5 miles west of Fairfax)
Apply for the Fall 2003 training now! Call Reuven Walder at SPAWN
488-0370 x 102 or email:
SALMON PROTECTION AND WATERSHED NETWORK a
project of Turtle
Island Restoration Network PO Box 370, Forest Knolls, CA
(415) 663-8590 Fax: (415) 663-9534 Email: