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PESP Program

In 1997, at the urging of Dr. Robert Rose of the EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs, the American Mosquito Control Association became a "Partner" in the EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP). The goal of this partnership program is to encourage reducing pesticide risk. Initially within the AMCA, a PESP Working Group was formed and as part of the original partnership application, a Strategy Document was developed. This document provided an overview of the mosquito control industry's methodologies and how they contribute to reducing pesticide risk. Later, the Working Group developed criteria allowing State and Regional mosquito control associations to become a "PESP Partner under the AMCA's auspices". Through 2004, seven associations have become partners in this program. Beginning in 2005, the AMCA Board of Directors and the PESP Working Group are allowing individual AMCA Sustaining Member mosquito control operations to apply for partnership. The AMCA's PESP participation has been rewarded with the Association receiving a "PESP Excellence Award for pesticide risk reduction" in November 1999. In October 2003, the AMCA was chosen as a "PESP Champion for demonstrating outstanding efforts towards risk reduction and exhibiting an extraordinary level of commitment to our common goals". As a partnership requirement, annual reports are provided to the EPA documenting activities in which the AMCA is promoting PESP goals.

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Should your mosquito control program or state/regional association be recognized for encouraging environmental stewardship?

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has been a partner in the EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) since 1997. The goal of this program is to reduce any risk associated with using pesticides. Partners are recognized by the EPA for their work in this area. The AMCA is currently accepting applications from state/regional associations (as well as individual mosquito control programs) that wish to become partners in PESP.