Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy
The NYSDEC released the Long Island Pesticide Pollution Prevention Strategy (Strategy) (PDF, 1.85 MB) on July 11, 2014. The Strategy contains a blueprint for applying a Pesticide P2 (Pollution Prevention) approach on Long Island. The overall goal of the Strategy is to protect water quality from pesticide-related impacts while continuing to achieve pest management on Long Island.
The Pesticide P2 blueprint and a summary of other elements of the Strategy are found in the Executive Summary (PDF, 179 KB).
Additional Information on the Strategy:
• Overview of the Long Island Strategy
• Technical Review and Advisory Committee (TRAC) Meetings
• Stakeholder Meetings
• Reference Materials
To receive updates email LongIslandStrategy@dec.ny.gov or call (518)402-8768 and request to be added to our list serve.
• To be determined
Overview of the Long Island Strategy
•Prevent adverse effects to human health and the environment by protecting Long Island's groundwater and surface water resources from pesticide-related contamination.
• Continue to meet pest management needs of agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors.
First Step in the Implementation Process:
The Strategy began with and continues to focus first on three active ingredients - atrazine, imidacloprid, and metalaxyl.
- Atrazine - Commonly used on sweet corn crops and found in Aatrex 4L.
- Imidacloprid - Commonly used in landscapes, turf, greenhouses, and various vegetable crops. Found in several products including: Merit, Pasada, and Admire Pro.
- Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam - Commonly used in greenhouses and nurseries along with various vegetable crops. Found in numerous products including: Ridomil, Ariel, and Subdue Maxx.
Focus includes promoting best management practices when using products containing these active ingredients, and also monitoring groundwater for the presence of these active ingredients. Best management practices are addressed in the High Priority Active Ingredient Factsheets.
Groundwater samples will continue to be collected annually from over 200 monitoring wells to evaluate the occurrence of pesticides in Long Island groundwater. The program is a joint effort between the Department, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, the Nassau County Health Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The Suffolk County Monitoring Results (PDF, 2.36 MB) are available, as well as a map of monitoring well locations (PDF, 573 KB).
Second Step in the Implementation Process:
The next group of active ingredients will be determined by TRAC members and Stakeholders.
Technical Review and Advisory Committee (TRAC) Meetings
The Technical Review and Advisory Committee (TRAC) is a diverse group including state and local agencies, public service and academic entities. DEC convenes the TRAC to advise the Department on factors such as pesticide use patterns, aquifer vulnerability, human health risks, recommended alternatives, and pollution prevention measures.
Past TRAC Meeting Details:
- The first TRAC meeting was held October 30, 2014. A summary of the October 2014 TRAC meeting (PDF, 235 KB) is available. The meeting included technical presentations by TRAC members (PDF, 2.97 MB) followed by a discussion.
- The second TRAC meeting was held on February 26, 2015. A summary of the February 2015 TRAC meeting (PDF, 273 KB) is available, along with presentations from the meeting (PDF, 976 KB).
- The third TRAC meeting was held on March 23, 2017. The agenda (PDF, 76.5 KB) is available. TRAC members are currently finalizing the next set of active ingredients (PDF, 328 KB), to be presented to the Stakeholders. A background presentation (PDF, 9.13 MB) was given, as well as a presentation on dichlobenil (PDF, 809 KB).
The Strategy recognizes that external stakeholders, such as Cornell Cooperative Extension, certified applicators and their associations, product registrants, and public interest groups, have much of the expertise for identifying alternatives. It is these stakeholders who must encourage the use of safer alternatives by getting information out to the largest number of pesticide users.
Select Stakeholder Meeting Details
- The first Stakeholder meeting was held on June 23-24, 2015. A summary of the June 2015 Stakeholder meeting (PDF)(79.39 KB) is available. Presentations from the meeting (PDF, 4.49 MB) are also available.
- The next Stakeholder meeting will be held during summer of 2017.
High Priority Active Ingredient Factsheets
Developed in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County. Each factsheet summarizes practical best management practices, alternative active ingredients, and integrated pest management (IPM) practices for atrazine, imidacloprid, and metalaxyl/mefenoxam.
Atrazine: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Use in Sweet Corn (PDF, 400 KB)
Imidacloprid: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Commercial Turf Uses (PDF, 1.12 MB)
- Imidacloprid: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Agricultural Uses: Potatoes (PDF, 1.13 MB)
- Imidacloprid: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Commercial Landscape Tree and Shrub Uses (PDF,1.24 MB)
- Imidacloprid: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Commercial Greenhouse Production Uses (PDF, 1.11 MB)
- Imidacloprid: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Agricultural Uses: Fruiting Vegetables (PDF, 384 KB)
- Imidacloprid: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Agricultural Uses: Cucurbit (Vine) Crops (PDF, 394 KB)
Mefenoxam: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Nursery Uses (PDF, 404 KB)
Mefenoxam: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Field Use to Potato & Tomato Crops (PDF, 2.51 MB)
Mefenoxam: Reducing Risks to Groundwater from Greenhouse Uses (PDF, 778 KB)
Other Pesticide P2 Measures
• From November 2015 through February 1, 2017, the DEC has held 18 Strategy-related outreach events, involving 3200 attendees.
• Separate from the Strategy, a brief description of existing and past pesticide P2 measures taken by NYSDEC and local and regional entities on Long Island can be found in this supplemental information (PDF, 630 KB).