Protecting Salmon from Pesticides

Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 07/28/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
A lawsuit leads to an agreement to reinstate pesticide buffer zones to protect salmon streams
Pesticides are a danger to salmon. Pesticide toxicity impacts the viability of salmon streams and communities dependent on salmon fisheries. Recently a coalition of advocates for alternatives to pesticides, conservation organizations, and fishing groups reached a significant agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency that restores reasonable no-spray buffer zones to protect salmon and steelhead from five broad-spectrum insect killers—diazinon, chlorpyrifos, malathion, carbaryl, and methyl.

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Laurele Fulkerson, Director of the Healthy Wildlife and Water Program for Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that led to this agreement, and Stephen D. Mashuda, staff attorney in the Northwest office of Earthjustice, about the repercussions of their lawsuit and the prospects for protecting salmon from toxic pesticide overuse.

Laurele Fulkerson is the Director of the Healthy Wildlife and Water Program for Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). She leads NCAP’s federal and regional policy efforts to protect salmon and pollinators from the harms of pesticides. Laurele has over a decade of experience working on conservation policy issues for non-profits. For the past six years, she managed Wild Salmon Center’s government affairs program, developing and implementing federal strategies to conserve healthy wild salmon ecosystems. She holds a J.D. and certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School, and a B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Santa Barbara.

Stephen D. Mashuda is a staff attorney in the Northwest office of Earthjustice. He began working for Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies office in 1998, where he specialized in Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act litigation. In 2000, he joined Earthjustice in Seattle, where his practice focuses primarily on Northwest salmon recovery.


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