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Cranberry Growers Change Bandon Mosquito Spraying Plans

Sept. 12, 2013 | AP
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  • Complaints from cranberry growers concerned about pesticides tainting their crops have prompted officials to cancel plans for aerial spraying to control mosquitoes on the Southern Oregon coast. credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Complaints from cranberry growers concerned about pesticides tainting their crops have prompted officials to cancel plans for aerial spraying to control mosquitoes on the Southern Oregon coast. | credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | rollover image for more

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Complaints from cranberry growers concerned about pesticides tainting their crops have prompted Coos County commissioners to change their plans for aerial spraying to control mosquitoes on the Southern Oregon coast.

The commission voted Wednesday to go ahead with plans to spray a granular pesticide on more than 300 acres of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge to kill mosquito larvae.

But Chairman John Sweet says cranberry growers raised concerns that contamination from pesticides would make it impossible to sell their crops.

So the county decided to cancel plans for spraying to kill adult mosquitoes on a larger area.

The cranberries are close to being harvested.

Newly restored marshes on the refuge have been blamed for a massive infestation of mosquitoes around Bandon.

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