Gila River Indian Community issues a temporary ban on all aerial applications.
By: Yuma ESS Staff
The Gila River Indian Community announced in a press release issued on June 4th of this year, a moratorium on ALL aerial applications on farm land owned by the community. This includes pesticides and fertilizers.
In the press release the community said the moratorium took effect immediately and would remain until appropriate regulations further governing these activities are approved by GRIC Council.
In recent months Arizona Department of Agriculture and Gila River DEQ investigators have responded to multiple complaints by residents of subdivisions adjacent to GRIC farmland, related to aerial application of pesticides . In at least two of the cases the complaints were sustained and the applicator was fined as evidence of drift was found.
For more information regarding this information, please contact the Gila River Indian Community's Department of Environmental Quality at 520-562-2234.