2012 Landscape Registry
Since January 1993, ch. ATCP 29, Wis. Adm. Code, has required professional lawn and landscape companies to notify neighboring residents (who have requested this information) prior to applying pesticide treatments and to post landscapes that have been treated with pesticides. This provides the public the information they need to be aware of pesticide applications so they may take steps to avoid possible exposure from pesticides to themselves, their children, or their pets.
The list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of persons wishing to be notified of neighboring landscape applications is maintained on an annual registry. The registry is provided to all licensed landscape businesses required to provide the notice. No fee is required to be on the registry. Persons may list any property for which they want advance notification on their block of residence or any immediately adjoining blocks.
The department is no longer printing registry books for the lawn and landscape companies. Businesses can now use a searchable, on-line database to retrieve the registry information they need when they need it. They can also print the entire registry in Excel or PDF, if preferred. The on-line registration process began December 1, 2011.
Eight hundred and fifty people applied to be on the landscape registry in 2012. Most of these people register on-line but the department assisted 55 participants that could not register themselves. Participants listed 8,456 addresses for which they requested advance notification of pesticide applications in their neighborhoods, down from 13,722 addresses in 2011.
The department received 56 complaints related to non-notification and sent 38 warning letters. None of the landscape registry complaints turned into pesticide misuse investigations in 2012.
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 2012, the ACM Bureau began working on the renewal phase of the on-line registry to be finished in 2013. The registry participants will receive email notice to renew their registry listing. Paper applications will be sent to the participants that can’t use the on-line registry. A few minor changes will also be made to the on-line search to ease use. In 2013 the department will finish automating the on-line registry for future years.
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