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1997 PRL Annual Report - Appendix D

Public Outreach and Education

I. Mass Mailings
Date What Happened
12/23/96 Initial mailing to approximately 30,000 regulated parties regarding all four reporting/record keeping forms (mailed on 1/29 and 31 of 1997).
06/17/97 Letter sent to all ( 415) Commercial Permittees regarding the newly revised restricted pesticide sales reporting form which combined the old form and new forms into one.
07/09/97 Mailing to large businesses offering DEC assistance regarding the Pesticide Reporting Law and encouraging them to call DEC's toll-free number.
08/28/97 Mailing to associations and large businesses with cover letter and Draft Technical and Administrative Guidance Memorandum (TAGM) for comments.
11/04/97 Mailing to all ( 30,000) interested parties regarding an announcement of DEC- sponsored workshops.
11/05/97 Mailing to associations asking them to publicize DEC's workshops.
11/18/97 Mailing to all ( 5,000) Commercial Permittees and Registered Pesticide Businesses to survey their use of computers to keep their pesticide reporting records.
12/23/97 Mailing to associations and large businesses enclosing a copy of DEC's finalized first TAGM.
01/98 Mailing of the DEC PRL brochure to 105 Public School Districts in the Buffalo area.
02/25/98 Mailing of scannable form packets to all ( 4400) Registered Pesticide Businesses.
04/06/98 Mailing of two letters: 1) to non-filing commercial permit holders and 2) to non-filing certified applicators.

II. Public Workshops
Series of four workshops in 1996 throughout the State
Date Where
10/10/96 Syracuse
10/16/96 Smithtown
10/21/96 Albany
11/19/96 Rochester

Series of six workshops in 1997 throughout the State ( 3500 attendees)
Date Where
12/02/97 White Plains
12/04/97 Rochester
12/05/97 Albany
12/10/97 Syracuse
12/11/97 Long Island
12/12/97 Binghamton

III. Speeches/Outreach at Public Meetings
Date What and Where
01/97 NYS Arborists Association Meeting in Suffern
01/97 Long Island Agricultural Forum in Riverhead
01/97 Black Fly Management Workshop ( 75 People)
02/97 Cooperative Extension of Franklin County Training ( 25 People)
02/97 Federal Correctional Institute Training at Ray Brook ( 35 People)
02/97 Cooperative Extension of Washington County Training ( 20 People)
02/97 Conference sponsored by LESCO ( 60 People)
02/97 Workshop for Growers in Orleans and Niagara Counties in Knowesville (21 People)
02/97 Pest Management and Food Safety Meeting in Rochester
02/97 Pesticide Management Advisory Council (PMAC) Meeting
02/97 NYS Vegetable Growers Conference in Syracuse
02/97 Northeast NY Nursery/Landscape Education Day in Albany
02/97 Pesticide Recertification Workshop in Schenectady
02/97 NYS Turfgrass Association Turf and Grounds Exposition II in Suffern ( 225 People)
02/97 Long Island Arboriculture Association Tree Conference at Hofstra ( 300 People)
02/97 Jefferson/Lewis Crop Congress Presentation ( 130 People)
03/97 Nassau/Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Association Annual Professional Turf and Plant Conference which included staffing a trade show booth ( 1000 People)
03/97 Empire State Recreational Marine Caucus at SUNY Stony Brook ( 50 People)
03/97 Landscape Gardeners Association Turf and Plant Conference in West Huntington ( 3000 at conference, 1000 at Pesticide Reporting Law Presentation)
03/97 NYS Turf and Landscape Association in Scarsdale ( 140)
03/97 Pesticide Management Advisory Council (PMAC)Meeting
03/97 Pest Management Turf Care Conference for Golf Courses in White Plains ( 20 People in Attendance)
03/97 New York City Watershed Conference
03/97 Agway Training Workshop ( 50 People)
03/97 IPM Seminar ( 55 People)
03/97 NYS Department of Transportation Training ( 120 People)
03/97 Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County Training
03/97 Cooperative Extension of Clinton County Training ( 20 People)
03/97 IPM Seminar in Saranac Lake ( 65 People)
03/97 Cairo/Vail Growers Meeting in Salem ( 200 People)
03/97 Meeting with Cornell University's Pesticide Management Education program staff
03/97 Meeting with Onondaga County Department of Health Vector Control Unit
03/97 Recertification Training at Cornell University ( 90 People)
03/97 CLC Lawn Care Workshop
03/97 Workshop at the Cornell University Experiment Station in Geneva (110 People)
03/97 Workshop with Oswego County School District Grounds Superintendents at the BOCES in Mexico (20 People)
03/97 Presentation regarding the PRL at Niagara County Cooperative Extension Office (24 People)
04/97 Rudd Spray Service Workshop (45 People)
04/97 Central New York Flower and Garden Show in Syracuse (80 People)
04/97 Amish Farmers Workshop (8 People)
04/97 CNA Environmental Services Workshop in Saratoga Springs (200 People)
04/97 Workshop at the Cooperative Extension Center in Ballston Spa (50 People)
04/97 Central New York Flower and Garden Show at the NYS Fairgrounds (1000's of People in Attendance)
04/97 Presentation regarding the PRL at Allegany County Cooperative Extension Office ( 25 People)
04/97 Training session for the PRL during exam session at SUNY Alfred (13 People)
04/97 PRL info provided at Recertification class for North Collins Agway (34 People)
04/97 Presentation regarding the PRL at Cattaraugus County Cooperative Extension Office (38 People)
04/97 Presentation regarding the PRL at Chautauqua County Cooperative Extension Office (53 People)
04/97 Presentation regarding the PRL at Recertification Session sponsored by NALCO who supply Cooling Tower products (35 People)
04/97 Info. on the PRL at the Betz-Dearborn Cooling Tower Meeting ( 120 People)
04/97 Professional Certified Applicators Association in Nyack ( 20 People in Attendance)
04/97 Environmental Advocates Meeting in Albany
05/97 Program at the Best Western in Albany ( 35 People)
06/97 City of Oswego Town Meeting ( 50 People)
06/97 Cooling Tower Training Course
06/97 Pesticide Management Advisory Council (PMAC)Meeting
07/97 Oneida County Fair Q and A Booth
07/97 Northern New York Housing Authority Director's Meeting (12 People)
07/97 Sustainable Forestry Workshop held at the Castle Inn in Olean
07/97 NYS Turfgrass Association meeting in Potsdam (50 People)
08/97-09/97 New York State Fair in Syracuse
08/97 Cornell Turfgrass Field Days in Ithaca
08/97 Provided assistance at the Empire Farm Days regarding the PRL
09/97 Pesticide Management Advisory Council (PMAC) Meeting
09/97 Environmental Advocates and NYPIRG "Environment '97" Conference in Silver Bay
09/97 Monitor Recertification Training session (11 People)
10/97 Capital Area Ag Consulting Workshop in Albany ( 75 People)
10/97 State University of New York Environmental Health and Safety Association Conference in Port Jefferson.
11/97 Central Atlantic States Sanitation Association Meeting ( 48 People)
11/97 NYS Turfgrass Association Conference in Syracuse ( 200 People) Applicators visited their Trade Show Booth during the conference.)
11/97 NYS Turfgrass Conference in Syracuse
11/97 Clean States Foundation Meeting
11/97 Cooperative Extension Recertification Training Course in Erie County (11 People)
11/97 Pesticide Training Consulting Recertification Course
11/97 Earth Steward Consulting Recertification Course in Lockport (35 People)
12/97 Earth Steward Consulting Recertification Course in Tonawanda (25 People)
12/97 Earth Steward Consulting Recertification Course in East Aurora (22 People)
12/97 Cattaraugus County Cooperative Extension Recertification in Ellicottville (14 People)
12/97 Chautauqua County Cooperative Extension Recertification in Jamestown (39 People)
12/97 Agway Annual Pesticide Applicator Workshop in Riverhead (80 People)
12/97 Pesticide Management Advisory Council (PMAC)Meeting
01/98 Software vendors meeting regarding electronic filing specifications at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.
01/98 NYS Agri-Business Meeting in Waterloo
01/98 Northeast Turf and Grounds Expo in Albany ( 150 People)
01/98 Professional Turf and Landscape Conference in White Plains ( 175 People in Attendance)
01/98 Health Research Science Board (HRSB) Meeting
01/98 Meeting with City of Buffalo officials to discuss use of pesticides and the PRL
01/98 Hadley/Luzerne School Workshop for the School's Athletic Fields and Greenhouse
01/98 Agway Recertification Training Workshop in Cayuga County ( 65 People)
01/98 Long Island Fisherman's Forum in Riverhead ( 35 People/Mostly Boat Painters)
01/98 Long Island Pest Control Association Conference Trade Show Booth
01/98 NYS Turfgrass Association meeting in Albany ( 150 People)
02/98 Long Island Horticulture Conference in Ronkonkoma ( 150 People/Mostly Greenhouse and Nursery Field Growers)
02/98 Empire State Marine Trades Association Recertification Course in Stony Brook ( 25 People/Mostly Bottom Boat Painters)
02/98 NYS Turfgrass Association Turf and Grounds Exposition II in Suffern (225 People)
02/98 Integrated Pest Management Conference for School Grounds Superintendents(90 People)
02/98 Tru-Green/ChemLawn Statewide Management Workshop in Albany (48 People)
02/98 Capital District Bedding Plant Conference in Albany (60 People)
02/98 Schoharie County Recertification Training Workshop (30 People)
02/98 Fundamentals of Integrated Pest Management in Cortland County (45 People)
02/98 Sprayer/Calibration Seminar in Cortland County (75 People)
02/98 Cooperative Extension Ornamentals and Turf talk in Monroe County (70 People)
02/98 Commercial Applicators talk in Monroe County (50 People)
02/98 Landscape School/Eligibility and Recertification Course in Monroe County (20 People)
02/98 Chautauqua County Cooperative Extension Grape Experiment Station Annual Growers Meeting in Fredonia (90 People)
02/98 LESCO's Recertification Workshop and Product Show (200 People)
02/98 Commercial Permittee Recertification Workshop on Long Island (15-20 Businesses in Attendance)
03/98 Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Association Conference in Long Island (3000 People at Conference, 1000 People at Pesticide Reporting Law Session)
03/98 Health Research Science Board (HRSB) Meeting
03/98 Pesticide Management Advisory Council (PMAC) Meeting
03/98 Ag Chem Grower's Meeting in Chateauguay ( 20 People)
03/98 Agway Grower's Meeting in Salem (200 People)
03/98 Caro/Vail Growers Meeting in Salem ( 200 People)
03/98 Recertification workshop by ESSCO Distributors held in Bay Shore ( 120 People)
03/98 W.T.C. Recertification Training Workshop ( 35 People)
04/98 Health Research Science Board (HRSB) Meeting
05/98 Health Research Science Board (HRSB) Meeting
06/98 Pesticide Management Advisory Council (PMAC) Meeting
06/98 Health Research Science Board (HRSB) Meeting

IV. Technical and Administrative Guidance Memorandum (TAGM)
Date TAGM
08/20/97 Draft TAGM, which also includes an electronic version of the Pesticide Reporting Law, was published in the Environmental Notice Bulletin (ENB) and mailed to associations and large businesses. It was also mailed out to anyone that requested it.
12/17/97 Notice of Final Draft of first TAGM was published in ENB.
01/20/98 First TAGM became final.

V. Other Outreach
Date What
08/12/97 Finalization of three-fold brochure.

VI. E-mail Address (prl@dec.ny.gov)

The first general Pesticide Reporting Law e-mail message was received on November 20, 1997. DEC received approximately 76 e-mail messages in 1997. DEC received approximately 365 e- mail messages between January 1, 1998 and May 31, 1998.

VII. NYSDEC Internet Web Site

In December 1997, the Department formatted Pesticide Reporting Law program information for use on the World Wide Web ("Web"). The Web test includes an introduction to the Pesticide Reporting Law, an annotated version of the Pesticide Reporting Law, information on electronic submission and the scannable form. Hypertext links direct readers to the reports, where an option allows for downloading of the report forms. An e-mail link will allow visitors to contact program staff from the Web site. The Pesticide Reporting Law program Web information will be incorporated into the Division of Solid & Hazardous Materials Web outline.

VIII. Toll-free Hot Line

The system became operational on January 15, 1997. DEC received 2,607 calls in 1997. We received 5,363 calls between January 1, 1998 and March 15, 1998.

DEC received 2,607 calls in 1997
received 5,363 calls between January 1, 1998 and March 15, 1998