Pesticide use by homeowners in urban areas can have a serious impact on salmon. Pesticides can kill salmon directly, or perhaps more commonly, cause subtle damage that reduces their chance of survival. When pesticides are used in urban areas they are more likely to wind up in streams and rivers than when used in non-urban areas.

In January 2004, a landmark ruling by Judge Coughenour took aim at urban pesticide pollution through consumer education. The ruling requires retailers to provide warnings to consumers for seven pesticides that are frequently detected in urban streams.

For more information about how pesticides affect salmon, please see our report Poisoned Waters: Pesticide Contamination of Waters and Solutions to Protect Pacific Salmon (1mb PDF file).

What pesticides should consumers avoid?

What are the alternatives to pesticides and where can I find them?

Take action to reduce pesticides in your community.


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