Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A lack of information on spray program - Letters to the editor - The Telegram

A lack of information on spray program - Letters to the editor - The Telegram

In reference to your editorial “Spraying in silence” (Aug. 2), I would express my concerns with this vegetation control program.

First of all, I have never been notified of this spraying program on Route 92 North Harbour to Branch.

I happen to have a cabin on that particular route, no more than 70 feet from the road, where I spend over 100 days a year.

I have talked with people both in North Harbour and Branch who were also unaware of this spraying program.

This route has four licenced salmon rivers and eight significant rivers, not licenced, that have both salmon and sea trout runs, as well as large brook trout populations.

I have seen the markers that designate where to spray and where not, in my view they have designated only the very obvious, the main rivers, while the small feeders have been ignored. Most rivers along Route 92, with the exception of Little Salmonier, are fed from small shallow ponds, but predominantly are fed by water produced on the barrens and bogs of the inlands which create small streams that feed the larger rivers.

These small streams are numerous and are only evident when there is sufficient moisture to feed them from their source.

I know these streams very well, all of which hold varying populations of brook trout and other aquatic life.

Frogs are also abundant in the many gullies and small ponds along the route and is well understood frogs are sentinels of the health of the environment. Frogs are plentiful on Route 92, a testament to the health this road, something I witness every time I go to my cabin during the summer months.

Route 92 is also blessed with prime locations to pick bakeapples, partridge berries, raspberries and most importantly marsh berries, all of which are picked by locals and others.

Wildlife such as rabbits, grouse and yes, moose and caribou also feed along the side of the road and are utilized by the local population and many others on the Avalon Peninsula.

In my view, both the Department of Environment and the Department of Transportation and Works have abdicated their responsibility for this spray program and have relied on the contractor to exercise their best judgement as to where to spray and what herbicide to use, contradicting their own environmental standards.

This spray program should be halted until a full environmental assessment is completed.

Let’s do it before the environmental habitat of the Cape Shore, Route 92, is harmed beyond repair.



Laurie Willar

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