Carta de la Alcaldesa Dianne Herrin: ¡No me rocíes!

verano del 2018

Ahora que ha llegado el verano, podemos disfrutar todo lo que el aire libre tiene para ofrecernos, desde jardinería y largas caminatas por el pueblo hasta los asados al aire libre. Desafortunadamente, el clima más cálido también trae pestes no deseadas, incluyendo los mosquitos, que pueden difundir enfermedades como el Virus del Oeste del Nilo.

En 2015, la alcaldesa Carolyn Comitta creó la Fuerza de Tarea del Oeste del Nilo (West Nile Task Force), formado por líderes del municipio, empleados, un grupo de ciudadanos activos conocidos como, Don’t Spray Me! (¡No Me Rocíes!), y el Departamento de Salud del Contado de Chester (Chester County Health Department). El objetivo de la Fuerza de Tarea del Oeste del Nilo (WNTF) es ayudarnos a todos a tomar medidas sencillas y no tóxicas para controlar los mosquitos, para que el Departamento de Salud del Contado de Chester (CCHD) no encuentre una razón para rociar nuestro Municipio con insecticidas.

Las investigaciones científicas muestran que los insecticidas químicos son relativamente inefectivos porque no impactan a los huevos de los mosquitos, larvas o pupas. Además, los insecticidas son tóxicos para los depredadores naturales de los mosquitos, como las libélulas y las ranas, también como a las abejas, las mariposas, los gatos y las personas químicamente sensibles.

Gracias a los esfuerzos para eliminar el agua estancada (un criadero de mosquitos), nosotros hemos visto un gran éxito, sin rociarles, dirigido por el Departamento de Salud del Contado de Chester (CCHD) en el condado durante los últimos años. El Departamento de Obras Públicas trabaja continuamente para eliminar los problemas de agua estancada en las bocas de tormentas; y, con más de 100 capitanes del bloque, ¡No me rocíes! (Don’t Spray Me!) los ciudadanos vigilan los mosquitos y nos ayudan a todos a manejar los mosquitos de manera segura.

Por favor únase a nosotros para tomar algunas medidas sencillas para eliminar el agua estancada en su propiedad limpiando las alcantarillas del techo regularmente, manteniendo los contenedores de basura con tapas ajustadas, cambiando los baños de las aves, aplicando larvicidas al agua estancada, ¡y más! Para obtener información, visite el sitio web del municipio:

¡Gracias por mantener el Municipio West Chester segura, saludable y ecológica para todos!

Les saluda amablemente,

Alcaldesa Dianne Herrin
Borough of West Chester

traducción por Megan James


West Chester Mayor Herrin vs. spraying

Excerpt from Bill Rettew, “Health Department set to spray for mosquitoes,” Daily Local News, 8/14/18:

“Spraying to control mosquitoes is still standard practice in many localities,” Herrin said, “but that doesn’t mean it works. The insecticide kills only adult mosquitoes, not larvae, and research suggests mosquito populations can bounce back quickly and even increase after an application.

“Research also suggests that rates of West Nile Virus cases are no different in cities that spray vs. those that do not. The Don’t Spray Me organization has done an excellent job helping our residents understand this and offering other, safer ways to help address the mosquito problem.”…

read the full article at Daily Local News

Environment panel, Feb. 22, 2018

On Sunday, February 22nd, a coalition of environmental groups led by Don’t Spray Me! sponsored a panel of experts at the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, with an audience of about 90 people.

After a cordial welcome by Rev. Dan Schatz, the three panelists spoke reflecting their own particular backgrounds:

• Richard Whiteford, environmental activist, a founder of the local Sierra Club branch, noted climate change speaker and writer, Board Member of World Information Transfer NGO, and participant in the Paris Climate Conference of 2015. Richard spoke to the unseemly subsidies that our government gives to the fossil fuel industry. That funding should go to renewables. Fortunately, he said, some states, universities and towns are stepping into the gap left by a delinquent US government.

• Dianne Herrin, Mayor of West Chester since January, founder of BLUER (a coalition of local leaders advocating for reducing carbon emissions), former head of the Borough’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, and initiator of the Environmental Bill of Rights passed by West Chester citizens. Among other themes, Dianne spoke to West Chester’s renewed commitment to urban trees and to the growing realization that nature has rights too. She also brought out that natural gas is not a “bridge to clean energy” and that Pennsylvania’s Public Utilities Commission is actually hostile to renewable sources of energy.

• Chrissy Houlahan, engineer and businesswoman, veteran, chemistry teacher, founding COO of B Lab to promote civic responsibility in companies, and a 2018 candidate for Congress. Chrissy emphasized that the legal framework exists for corporations to choose to be good environmental citizens (known as B-Corps: Benefit Corporations).

The panelists responded to audience questions ranging from issues related to pipeline safety to business responsibility to Paris Climate Agreement challenges.

Asked about local consequences of global warming, Richard Whiteford predicted an increasing likelihood of “rain bombs” (with something like 8″ of rain in 2-3 hours), species extermination, and the total breakdown of Philadelphia’s storm runoff system. Chrissy Houlahan added that climate refugees, particularly from Africa, will be causing worldwide dislocations.

Questions were sorted and posed by a non-partisan group including Matt Holliday, Elizabeth Moro and Jessica Cadorette.

As summarized by moderator Sheila Burke’s: participants feel a sense of urgency to solve environmental issues; people want to be involved; and we can be very heartened by the large number of people stepping forward.

Exhibitors at the display tables included Citizens Climate Lobby, Delco United for Pipeline Safety, Don’t Spray Me!, Food and Water Watch, Penn Environment, and the West Chester Co-operative.

It has been a goal of Don’t Spray Me! since its founding in 2015 to open up dialogue about environmental issues and to engage in community education. This event built on the environmental film series at WCU in the fall of 2017, which was created in collaboration with Sierra Club and the University’s Sustainability Program and was preceded by the Earth Day celebration of April 2017.

Photos by Taka Nagai