Since January 1993, individuals have been able to request advance notification of landscape pesticide applications. To receive this notification, people must sign up and list specific properties on the landscape registry. Professional lawn and landscape companies are required to notify individuals on the landscape registry prior to applying pesticides to the listed properties. The intent is to notify the interested public in advance so they may take steps to avoid possible exposure from pesticides to themselves, their children, or their pets. Chapter ATCP 29, Wis. Adm. Code also requires that signs are posted on landscape sites treated with pesticides.
The list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of persons wishing to be notified of neighboring landscape applications is maintained on an annual registry. Persons may list only properties that are located on their block of residence or any immediately adjoining blocks. No fee is required to be on the registry. The registry is provided to all the licensed landscape businesses required to provide the notice.
Businesses use a searchable, on-line database to retrieve the registry information they need when they need it. Individual registry addresses, or the entire registry listing can be exported into Excel, if preferred. The complete registry is posted online as a PDF which may be downloaded and printed. The department no longer prints and distributes registry books for the lawn and landscape companies. The on-line registration process has been used since December 1, 2011.
Five hundred twenty-six people signed up to be on the landscape registry in 2013. Most of these people registered online, but the department assisted 72 participants that could not register themselves. Participants listed 5,708 addresses for which they requested advance notification of pesticide applications in their neighborhoods, down from 8,456 addresses in 2012. Each year between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28, individuals must renew their addresses to remain on the registry.
The department received 58 complaints where individuals did not receive advance notification; resulting in 43 warning letters to application businesses. One pesticide misuse investigation of a business was initiated after the department received registry complaints about it from four different parties.
In general, the landscape companies continue to be cooperative in working with the department to make this program successful.
Direction for the Future
During the last half of 2013, the ACM Bureau began working on the renewal phase of the on-line registry to be finished in 2014. Registry participants received an email notice to renew their registry listing. Paper applications were sent to the participants that cannot use the on-line registry. New staff was also assigned to the registry in late 2013. In 2014, the department will finish automating the on-line registry for future years.
For more information you may email the department.