CMMCP awarded PESP status
Established in 1994, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) works with the Nation’s pesticide-user community to reduce human health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use and implement pollution prevention strategies. The PESP program promotes the adoption of innovative, alternative pest control practices, such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the use of biological pesticides (“biopesticides”), in both agricultural and non-agricultural settings.
The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is a voluntary program that forms partnerships between the Environmental Protection Agency and pesticide users to reduce the potential health and environmental risks that may be associated with pesticide use. This is a voluntary public/private partnership, and CMMCP has joined with the Northeastern Mosquito Control Association (NMCA) to outline its program and to promote an Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) program in our member cities and towns. CMMCP first joined the PESP program in 2007 through the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), and when the requirement for sustaining membership through AMCA was removed in 2013 CMMCP partnered with the NMCA to continue in this important program.
CMMCP offers a full service, year round program of mosquito control consisting of eight areas of service; larval mosquito control; adult mosquito control; adult mosquito surveillance & testing; wetland restoration and ditch maintenance; public education, research and efficacy, source reduction and beaver mitigation.
As a partnership requirement, annual reports are provided to the EPA through NMCA documenting activities in which CMMCP is promoting the PESP goals. As a PESP partner, we have made a commitment to reduce pesticide risk and develop activities to achieve risk reduction through education, outreach and investigation of new products and techniques for the control of mosquitoes.
For more information on this award, please call CMMCP at (508) 393-3055 and ask for Tim Deschamps.