Statewide Pesticide Notification Network

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California seeks to ensure healthy and safe communities, stimulate a healthy environment, and support a thriving agricultural sector. To achieve these goals, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) operates the most robust state pesticide regulatory program in the nation, regulating pesticide sales and use in California and accelerating the adoption of integrated pest management to protect human health and the environment.

In 2021, DPR was allocated $10 million in the 2021-2022 state budget to begin the process of developing a statewide pesticide application notification system, the Pesticide Notification Network. The Pesticide Notification Network will provide advance notification of certain pesticide applications. DPR is beginning a public process to seek input on the development of that statewide notification system, focusing on pesticides that are more likely to move from the site of application or that have greater potential for health impacts. Timely notification to those who live, work, play or are otherwise near higher risk applications give the public the opportunity to take additional precautionary measures, such as closing windows or avoiding outdoor activities. The Pesticide Notification Network advances DPR's mission to protect human health and the environment for all Californians.

Last updated: August 9, 2021

The Pesticide Notification Network is a statewide notification system DPR is developing to provide timely information about upcoming applications of certain pesticides. Pesticide notification provides equitable access to information so that the public can take precautions to avoid potential exposure. Feedback collected at upcoming focus groups and public participation webinars and workshops planned for fall of 2021 will inform the structure, format and development of the notification network.

A public notification system will advance environmental justice and further protect public health by providing transparent and equitable access to information about the application of certain pesticides near where you live, work or play.

Communities where the most pesticides are used often have more health problems from a combination of pollution. The information provided by the Pesticide Notification Network will build on California’s robust pesticide regulatory program and ensure equitable access to information and the opportunity to take precautions to avoid potential pesticide exposure. Examples of additional precautions may include shutting windows, avoiding the area around the field, or bringing children inside.

The development of the Pesticide Notification Network will occur in 2021-2022 with anticipated implementation in 2023-2024.

DPR is conducting a series of small focus groups for community members and community environmental groups, regulatory agencies, growers, and regulated industries in August 2021. These focus groups will be facilitated by the California State University, Sacramento Consensus and Collaboration Program.

DPR will conduct public webinars and workshops in Fall 2021 to seek input on the design of the Pesticide Notification Network and provide an opportunity for public comment and feedback. DPR will use this information to design the network and write a regulation that requires advance public notification of certain pesticide applications.

Please sign up to the Pesticide Notification Network Listserv to receive notice when public webinars and workshops are scheduled to provide input on the development of the Pesticide Notification Network.

To provide input in writing to DPR, please send an email to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov.

DPR is seeking input on which pesticides will be included in the statewide Pesticide Notification Network during the upcoming focus groups and public webinars and workshops.

Certain agricultural application techniques, such as fumigations and aerial applications, have greater potential than other application methods to move offsite. Additionally, some pesticides have greater potential than others to cause harm to the public, workers, the environment, and neighboring crops. Often those pesticides are designated as restricted materials. Applicators must follow strict rules to use these pesticides (Restricted Materials Use Requirements (ca.gov)), including filing a Notice of Intent with their CAC. Even though DPR and CACs strictly enforce pesticide rules to prevent and penalize illegal pesticide use to protect people and the environment, some restricted materials pesticides can end up in the air after they are applied and move away from the intended target. Providing public notification in advance of the application of restricted material pesticides could further protect public health by providing an opportunity to take additional precautions to prevent potential exposure.

The structure of the Pesticide Notification Network is currently in development, with opportunity for public input at webinars and workshops in fall of 2021. Following the feedback received at these meetings, DPR will develop a regulation that defines how and when notifications will be distributed.

Please sign up to the Pesticide Notification Network Listserv to receive notice when public webinars and workshops are scheduled to provide input on the development of the Pesticide Notification Network.

To provide input in writing to DPR, please send an email to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov.

The structure of the Pesticide Notification Network is currently in development, with opportunity for public input at webinars and workshops in fall of 2021. Following the feedback received at these meetings, DPR will develop a regulation that defines how and when notifications will be distributed.

Please sign up to the Pesticide Notification Network Listserv to receive notice when public webinars and workshops are scheduled to provide input on the development of the Pesticide Notification Network.

To provide input in writing to DPR, please send an email to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov.

DPR is conducting a series of meetings (including focus groups, webinars and workshops) for community members, advocacy organizations, growers, regulatory agencies and regulated industries. Facilitation for these meetings will be provided through a partnership with the California State University, Sacramento Consensus and Collaboration Program. DPR will use this information to design the network and write a regulation that requires advance public notification of certain pesticide applications.

Please sign up to the Pesticide Notification Network Listserv to receive notice when public webinars and workshops are scheduled to provide input on the development of the Pesticide Notification Network.

To provide input in writing to DPR, please send an email to ProjectNotify@cdpr.ca.gov.


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Leia Bailey
Phone: 916-247-9344
E-mail: Leia.Bailey@cdpr.ca.gov