Mosquito spraying halted in Suffolk County, N.Y.

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New York’s State Supreme Court shut down Suffolk County’s mosquito spraying and ditching program in April. Judge Paul J. Baisley Jr. ruled that Suffolk County’s ongoing mosquito control program is illegal, and called an immediate halt to spraying and wetland ditching activities.

Peconic Baykeepers, which has a long-running campaign against the county’s vector control program, supported the court’s decision.

PBK filed suit against Suffolk County in April 2003 charging that the Legislature had failed to carry out an environmental impact study prior to commencing its mosquito control activities. Baykeeper Kevin McAllister says, “I find it incredible that Suffolk County continues to pretend that the spraying of highly toxic pesticides and the dredging of hundreds of miles of tidal wetlands has no impact on our bays.”