Archive for July, 2007

WSDA Letter

WSDA Letter


Ms. Cohen – this e-mail is in response to your request for information received by the Dept. of Agriculture on June 18, 2007. Your request was for, “…list and labels etc of the adjuvants that can be used with the imazypyr and glyphosate combination. Could you email me that info and also the info re what adjuvants have been used in 2005&6.” Ms. Mauerman, with our Pesticide Management division, has already responded to you regarding your request for the adjuvant labels. Below is the list of adjuvants used in Willapa Bay during the 2005 and 2006 time period. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you

– R-11
– LI 700
– Dyne-Amic

Willapa Bay in trouble

Hi, Fritzi… I’ll make an effort to attend this meeting. I don’t support the herbicide dispersal in this case (& in most other cases, either)… and would prefer a more site-specific & labor-intensive control program, where warranted.

This may be of interest to you, if it’s new info:
It has to do with a “product” of spartina, which acts against certain halogenated hydrocarbon compounds. While I don’t totally support the application of the patent (eg a vehicle for genetic engineering), the quality of the spartina in this case makes it a potentially valuable ally against chemical pollution of a particularly nasty realm of chemical agents. chow ^..^

Pacific County Request to State Noxious Weed Committee

I have only briefly looked at this. I think this project is loaded with illegal or extralegal activities. i’m not sure that anyone really understand how dangerous what is happening here is in the broader context. Most people don’t care if Willapa Bay goes down the drain, but there are precedents being set here that are going to make it harder for everyone to fight the poisoning of our environment.
fritzi cohen

Scanned Pacific County Board Message


Linda, i know I probably got the name of the Tribe wrong, but I wanted to let you know that Keith is certain that there is basket grass mixed with our spartina. I gather that for the native americans it is a –if not sacred–special grass. Keith told me that if you know any of the Tribe that would like to come to the Moby Dick to see in fact whether this is the grass we think it is, we would put them up. We were very interested and encouraged that they were concerned about spraying pesticides on the spartina grass on their lands for fear of affectiing their oysters and clams. we need to talk with them. It would be great if you could put us together. war out, peace in. fritzi cohen

Kelso State Noxious Weed Board meeting

State Weed Board Meeting
July 18, 8:30 a.m.
Cowlitz county Administration Building
207 4th Ave. N. room 300
Kelso, WA 98626

From State Weed Board draft minutes, May 15 2007. Sent to my attorney as a courtesy, and not to be considered final. Also states that all information contained is subject to change upon further review and approval by the State Weed Board.

The Pacific County Noxious Weed Control Board requests the following upgrade from Class B to Class A: Smooth Cordgrass(spartina alterniflora)

County Board Rational
Tremendous progress has been made, and think they can eradicate it successfully with the proposed change.

The Committee discussed:
* Distribution
*A desire to have Mary Toohey/AGR weigh in on the issue
* The probability that it can be eradicated this year or next.
*Definition of control which allows the mowing of seed heads but leaves plant parts
*Class A definition will force landowners to eradicate
*Use of public money to eradicate this weed.

Committee Consensus: The Committee leans toward upgrading Spartina alterniflora to a Class A, and they would like the opinion of WSDA before the July meeting.

Note from fritzi: In the Skagit Valley news article Kim Patton was quoted as saying that within 8 years Washington State would be spartina free. It should also be noted from the minutes that The Nature Conservancy was asking that Common cord grass,( spartina angelica) be upgraded from B to A. The Committee Consensus was that they would like to hear from Skagit, Island and Snohomish County coordinators about distribution.
Since Miranda Wecker has made it quite clear that pesticides are the only solution for eradication its quite likely that the pressure for pesticide application will be irresistable if angelica is upgraded to A. I think Alterniflora is already an A in those counties.

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
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.