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UNIT 6 Pesticide Management and Behavioral Changes

VCE MGWS must know and understand pesticides and how they affect water quality so they can educate the community. This unit details the characteristics of pesticides, their use, ability to pollute, and alternatives to their usage. It also takes an in-depth look at the basics of planning a Level 4 behavior change in community members. Planning the short-term projects that support and further your VCE MGWS program is also covered.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Understand pesticides and how they affect water quality

  2. Understand recommended pesticide use and alternatives

  3. Develop an idea of possible programming in this area

  4. Plan a short-term project that supports your long-term program goals

  5. Learn how to plan a Level 4 program addressing behavior change in community members

Understanding Water

  • Pesticides and How They Affect Water Quality

  • Proper Pesticide Use

  • Pesticide Alternatives

Becoming a Steward

  • Develop programming for your area

  • Planning a Short-Term Project

  • Planning a Level-4 Program: Addressing Behavior Change

Unit Review

VCE Master Gardener Handbook

1. Chapter 6 Pesticide Use & Safety 313

Suggested Readings

Understanding Water

Nickinson, P. and G.V. Wills. 1986. “What’s in the Groundwater?” Sandcastle Moats and Petunia Bed Holes: A Book About Groundwater. Virginia Water Resources Research Center, pp. 13-20.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Pesticide Management to Protect Water Quality: Understanding Pesticides and How They Affect Water Quality. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 4.5.1 1-5.

Harrison, S.A. 1990. The Fate of Pesticides in the Environment. Pennsylvania Cooperative Extension Agrichemical Fact Sheet 8, pp.1-4.

Hartzler, R.G. 1995. Herbicides and Groundwater. Pennsylvania Cooperative Extension.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Typical Contaminants and Problems: Pesticides and Organic Contaminants. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR- 790, p 2.3.12 1-2.

Nickinson, P. and G.V. Wills. 1986. “What We Can Do to Help” Sandcastle Moats and Petunia Bed Holes: A Book About Groundwater. Virginia Water Resources Research Center, pp. 27-30

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Pesticide Management to Protect Water Quality: Regulating Pesticide Registration and Tolerances. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 4.5.2 1-3.

Kerns, W., J. Luna, J. May, D. Relf, E. Thunberg, and M. Weaver. 1994. Groundwater Quality and the Use of Lawn and Garden Chemicals by Homeowners. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 426-059, pp. 1-12.

Hairston, J.E., J.C. LaPrade, and K. Edmisten. 1990. Pesticides and Water Pollution: Homeowners Can Make a Difference. Alabama Cooperative Extension Publication WQ-12d-90, pp. 1-6.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Protecting Water Quality: Using Pesticides Safely Around Your Home. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR- 790, p. 1.2.4 1-4.

Derr, J.F. and D. Relf. 1989. Weed Control in the Vegetable Garden. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 427-035, pp. 1-4. 315

Skroch, W.A., S.L. Warren, and G.E. Mahnken. 1995. Best Management Practices for Weeds in Landscapes. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Landscaping to Protect Water Quality Publication WQWM- 137, pp. 1-6.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Pesticide Management to Protect Water Quality: Integrated Pest Management. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 4.5.3 1-3.

Relf, D. and J. Luna. 1994. Minimum Chemical Gardening. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 426-336, pp. 1-4.

Hairston, J.E. and L. Stribling, editors. Pesticide Management to Protect Water Quality: Using Pesticides on the Farm: From Selection to Disposal. Water Quality and Pollution Control Handbook.. Alabama Cooperative Extension Circular ANR-790, p. 4.5.4 1-6.

Hagood, S. 1985. Calibration of Applicators Suitable for Treating Small Areas. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication 427-009, pp. 1-3.

Hock, W.K. 1994. Horticultural Spray Adjuvants. Pennsylvania Cooperative Extension Agrichemical Fact Sheet 10, pp. 1-4.

Anonymous. 1996. The New Biocompatible Fungicides. The Avant Gardener 28(7): 53.

Becoming a Steward

Planning the Short-Term Project

Staff. Planning the Short-term Project. Advanced VCE Master Gardener—Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation Handbook. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Staff. Short-term Project Planning Worksheet. Advanced VCE Master Gardener—Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation Handbook. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Planning a Level 4 Program: Addressing Behavior Change

Staff. Planning a Level 4 Program: Addressing Behavior Change.  Advanced VCE Master Gardener—Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation Handbook. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Staff. Long-term Program Planning Worksheet. Advanced VCE Master Gardener—Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation Handbook. Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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