County chemical weed control program starts seasonal spraying

The annual chemical spraying of approximately 220 miles of rural Washington County roadsides to control noxious weeds and brush begins on or about July 9, and continues for at least two weeks.

County crews will use Telor and Tordon 101, chemicals commonly used on roadsides and utility rights-of-way. Guidelines used by the Environmental Protection Agency indicate that in tests with birds and animals, doses of these chemicals are non-toxic in quantities far greater than used by the county. In addition, the tests have shown that livestock such as cattle, horses, sheep or swine cannot consume enough treated foliage to cause physical harm.

If property abuts a county road and property owners do not wish to have their property sprayed, use the following procedure to omit spraying:

Prior to July 9, any property owners not wishing to have the right-of-way adjacent to their land sprayed must go to the Public Works Department at 11660 Myeron Road North in Stillwater to pick up "Do Not Spray" signs.

Signs must be placed at the beginning and the end of the area property owners do not want sprayed by the county. Property owners are required to fill out a form agreeing to control weeds and brush within the area not sprayed. A legal description of the property is needed to complete this form.

Direct all inquiries to Doug R. Johnson, Washington County Public Works Department, 11660 Myeron Road North, Stillwater, 55082 or call 651- 430-4389 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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