Letters, Oct. 28
Roundup on the canal
My property is bordered by the Talent Irrigation District (TID) canal. Ten years ago, when the TID was about to spray for a squirrel problem, I said, “no spray on my property.” I paid a considerable amount to have offending blackberries tractored, instead. I thought that was all I needed to do.
This morning, we noticed TID spraying along the canal. Upon inquiring, the sprayers told me it was Roundup.
When I said I had declared no spray on my property 10 years ago, I was told I needed to have a form on file in the office. I had never heard this before. The sprayers also told me that “Roundup is harmless.” Who is not familiar with the thousands of lawsuits and convictions against Monsanto (now Bayer), for Roundup?
The TID sprayers also said everyone knew they sprayed. No, they don’t.
I called TID. There is now a form property owners along the canal have to fill out and sign, every year, to have them not spray. Also, NO SPRAY signs have to be posted on the property. They can email you the form, but you have to get them an actual, signed copy. You can not email or fax it back.
This is our home, our environment. We go some distance and some expense to be healthy and organic. We shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to not be poisoned. Spray migrates. Animals eat foliage. People eat those blackberries and wild cherries along the canal trail. Rain carries all into our water.