SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY
Walsh updated the group on his status – his shouldering in CRO is only through the end of April. After that there will be a weekly rotation of Walsh/Bloodworth/Herrera as supervisors to fill the short-term supervisory needs.
Walsh is working on finalizing the 2009 work plans in order to get them on the web
DPR Air Monitoring Projects. UCD’s Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety is studying the health of approximately 400 farm worker families in Mendota (Fresno County) over several years. For details see . DPR will be assisting with a smaller study aimed at 100 families as part of the UCD project above. Environmental Monitoring Branch staff will provide support for air monitoring; specifically DPR will measure indoor and outdoor air concentrations of multiple pesticides.
DPR is conducting a reevaluation of neonicotinoids (primarily imidacloprid) which is used for GWSS and area wide spraying.
AB 622 ~ Group
DPR is doing a bill analysis
CAAA is very concerned about the proposed 3.3 mile restriction (goes back to the broadest area for the LBAM checkmate application) – it would shut down aerial spraying in California. Proposing a field day for legislators to demonstrate an aerial application using a dye, having a fully equipped plane for them to view, and having a map showing problems if 3.3 mile restriction was in place
Problem will be: if not 3.3 miles, then what? Too many variations exist throughout the State
Meeting with Activists ~ Group
Group discussion ~ meeting will be held in Bakersfield at 10 am on 5/28/09 with DPR representation
Compendium, Vol. 8: Deputy Comments ~ Group
As previously discussed, comments will be submitted to DPR
Conference Committee Update ~ Hudson
Possible location for the 2010 Spring Conference – Alameda County
CACASA/State Relations Committee Update ~ Hudson
Discussed during Executive Session.