Heron Flyer

Willapa Bay used to be the most pristine bay
on the Pacific West Coast.

The Commercial Oystermen, Taylor Industries
and Coast Oyster Co among the largest have been spraying
Carbaryl since 1965 tokill the native ghost shrimp.
NRDC has asked EPA to ban all uses of Carbaryl.

For over 15 years the state and local government
and US Fish and Wildlife have been spraying
spartina alterniflora , considered a non native but
which has naturalized over the more than 100 years
that it has been in the bay.
The Nature Conservancy and the Audubon Society
from the inception have been cheerleaders
for the eradication of Spartina in Willapa Bay .
Initially Monsanto’s Rodeo was used, but
in the last few years a new chemical combination
has been put in use, Imazypyr and Aquaneat,
with various surfactants. Imazypyr has neurotoxic
properties.
This quickly registered combination is described
as less toxic than Rodeo but more effective in doing the job.

Willapa Bay unlike Puget Sound has never been affected
by Red Tide or algae blooms.
Eradication scientists insist
that the east and gulf coast experience,
where spartina is revered
are irrelevant on the West Coast.

Efforts to eradicate Spartina grasses are not only
taking place in Washington State but also in
San Francisco Bay and being encouraged in
British Columbia.

BEWARE OF THOSE WARNING OF NON-
NATIVE SPECIES
ALMOST ALWAYS THERE IS A CHEMICAL
AGENDA

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