The Spartina Eradication Project

The Noxious Weed Board has set a meeting in Kelso Wa. on July 18 to make Spartina an A weed in Pacific County. That means that eradication which for all practical purposes has been made mandatory without following the legal procedures, will become official. Spartina is a C-4 plant, sequesters more CO2 than other kinds of vegetation, stabilizes the shoreline and keeps the bay water clean and free of algae bloom. How irresponsible can you get? Please pass this on to anyone who you think would be interested and might email the senators, congressional offices and state legislators.

MOBY DICK HOTEL AND OYSTERFARM

PO BOX 82

NAHCOTTA, WASHINGTON 98637

June, 25, 2007

To Jaime Shimek, asst. to Senator Patty Murray

From Fritzi Cohen

My schedule makes it impossible for me to reschedule a meeting. However I will try to convey my thoughts in this email.

#1 IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR SENATOR MURRAY TO REVISIT THE SPARTINA ERADICATION PROJECT ON WILLAPA BAY

#2 A MORATORIUM FOR THIS YEARS SPRAYING SHOULD BE INSTITUTED WHILE A CLEARER PICTURE OF THE DANGERS OF THE HERBICIDES AND THE BENEFITS OF THE GRASS ITSELF ARE EXPLORED.

#3 THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SENATOR MURRAY SHOULD TALK WITH TO BALANCE THE INFORMATION THAT SHE HAS BEEN RELYING ON. I WOULD SUGGEST SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS:

BOYCE THORN-MILLER has a working familiarity with this project since she cfitiqued the original EIS on what to do about spartina in 1992 or 3. She is now working on developing a balanced approach to scientifically dealing with what are considered non-native species. Boyce is a graduate of the University of Washington and her mother lives in Seattle. Boyce also has several colleagues who she could engage in a discussion with Senator Murray.

STEVE HERMAN, professor emeritus at Evergreen in Olympia. Steve is the bird expert. His student Jared Parks concluded in his thesis that shorebirds use areas colonized by the grass in Willapa Bay, contrary to claims by eradication supporters that they do not. STEVE who was never a fan of spartina grass now belives the grass has played a beneficial role in the bay.

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DOROTHY LEONARD was the first executive director of the Willapa Allilance on an assignment from NOAA. The Board of Directors of the Alliance was divided on the issue of using pesticides(carbaryl) to kill ghost shrimp that destabilize the substrate. Carbaryl also kills juvenile salmon, Dungeness crabs and oysters. However, led by TNC and the large oyster companies, the Board supported the use of both pesticides and herbicides (Monsanto’s Rodeo to get rid of Spartina.) In response, Dot left the Alliance for a position as Director of Fisheries for Maryland. Dot is an international expert on oyster restoration.

JENNIFER DOLD, a partner in Bricklin, Newman and Dold who can talk about the settlement that was made in 1994 or 5 to keep the spartina project in a research mode .A settlement that was immediately eroded by the State Legislature at the behest of the Nature Conservancy who had tried unsuccessfully to have the action brought by Friends of the Earth, the Shoalwater Nation ad the Ad Hoc Coalition summarily dismissed.

DR WARREN PORTER is a professor at the University of Wisconsin Department of Zoology. He is the author of the critique of the risk assessment for imazypyr which I left for you on Friday. He has never visited the Bay to the best of my knowledge. His critique is based purely on science and his own vast experience in looking at chemicals and the results of their use.

LEFKOS CHRISTODOULIDES who lives in Seattle, has been to the Moby Dick Hotel and Oysterfarm, is an admirer of our oysters, and is firmly against the use of chemicals in the bay.

My business on Willapa Bay is under seige. Protecting my oysterbeds is uppermost in my plans. Secondarily I am intent on exposing the gross mistatements of facts on which this insidious eradication project is based. Finally, although The Nature Conservancy has been quoted that they would like their 600 acre Ellsworth slough to be the guinea pig for this eradication project, they have no right to make the entire bay, and the rest of this ecosystem a guinea pig for their experiment.

1 Comment so far

  1. Annie Gotye on September 25th, 2012

    I appreciated Keith Stavrum’s endeavors to personally eradicate spartina and I loved his personal tours while riding with him on his ATV on or near the oyster beds every time I came to town. I was wondering how his fight is going.

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