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Protecting Waters from Pesticides

This split-level shot of a creek shows, underneath the water's surface, a number of dark-colored mussels. Above the surface of the water are ferns, other lush forest understory plants, and rocks..
(Photo: Kaegan Scully-Engelmeyer)

Pesticides contaminate our natural ecosystems, whether they are directly applied to forests and waters, or inadvertently move beyond where they are applied. Prevention-based, proactive pest control techniques, whether it be in forest management or mosquito abatement, can provide long-term, conservation-minded solutions to pests. The Xerces Society has assembled the science behind effective management strategies to help decision-makers, communities, and land managers weave conservation into their management decisions.