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From: 'Joe Mal' via MassLep <masslep...>
Subject: [MassLep] Fwd: [Arlington Birds] Oppose endless mosquito spraying: Deadline Monday, May 11

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Hello All,I know that this is very late, but I thought that members would s=
till be interested.Maybe you can=C2=A0 send E-mails to your Representatives=
anyways.
Knowledge is Power,Joe Malachowski

-----Original Message-----
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
To: 'Massbird' <massbird...>; <Arlingtonbirds...>
Sent: Sun, May 10, 2020 12:59 pm
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Oppose endless mosquito spraying: Deadline Monda=
y, May 11

Folks,=20

This is posted with the moderators' permissions.

Many of you may remember that last fall, at the height of fall bird migrati=
on, there was hysteria over EEE and a huge mosquito spraying campaign was s=
tarted by the Commonwealth. You may also remember that fall bird migration =
in eastern Massachusetts was among the quietest in years and the winter was=
equally quiet -- despite the extreme mildness of temperatures. If you chas=
e bugs, as I do, you might have noticed a huge drop-off in bug numbers and =
variety in the fall, a time of year when insects are ordinarily numerous.=
=20

It's hard to pin this sort of stuff down. When I tell you about this, you c=
an shrug and say "Well, what can one observer tell us?" But, if many people=
say this, maybe we sit up and take notice. Nevertheless, it is just anecdo=
tal, just hearsay, not "scientific".=20

The question is, why is it not treated in a scientific manner by the state?=
Right now, in a bill filed by Governor Baker (H.4650 "An Act To Mitigate A=
rbovirus in the Commonwealths) there is a proposal to exempt Massachusetts =
Mosquito Control Board " from all state laws and allow them to conduct mosq=
uito eradication measures anywhere in the Commonwealth, even if municipalit=
ies do not want mosquito spraying in their towns. The bill will allow the M=
osquito Control Board to do this work based on a determination from the sta=
te Department of Public Health that there might be an elevated risk of mosq=
uito borne disease in the next year. Once passed, this bill has no sunset c=
lause. Without oversight, transparency or coordination with other agencies =
=E2=80=94including those charged with environmental protection=E2=80=94 thi=
s bill could do more harm than good." (Quoted from an action alert by Charl=
es River Watershed Association)=20

I am asking you to reach out to your state reps and senators and ask them t=
o oppose this bill. Below is a sample email I wrote to one of my senators, =
Mike Barrett of Lexington. The gist of my argument is, why do we not requir=
e an environmental impact study when such an enormous and potentially dange=
rous region-wide process as mosquito spraying is proposed -- over wetlands =
no less! -- whereas we require such a study from even tiny and local projec=
ts that impact wetlands and the environment?=20

You can, if you agree with me, copy and paste the email below to your own l=
egislators, or compose your own. But there is a deadline: Monday afternoon,=
May 11, at 5 pm. Try to get something in to them before then. Below is a l=
ist of my legislators as well as instructions on how to find your own in yo=
ur town:=20

State Senate:=20
Mike Barrett <Mike.Barrett...> (Senator for Lexington)=20
Cindy F. Friedman <Cindy.Friedman...> (Senator for Lexington)=20
William Brownsberger <william.brownsberger...> (President pro tem)=
=20
Karen E. Spilka <Karen.Spilka...> (President)=20
Senator Comerford <Jo.Comerford...> (Joint Committee on Public Heal=
th)
Nick Collins <Nick.Collins...>

State House of Representatives:=20
Michelle Ciccolo <Michelle.Ciccolo...> (Representative for Lexington=
)=20
Robert DeLeo <Robert.DeLeo...> (Speaker of the House)=20
Ronald Mariano <Ronald.Mariano...> (Majority Leader)=20
Patricia A. Haddad <Patricia.Haddad...> (Speaker pro tem)=20
John J. Mahoney=C2=A0 <John.Mahoney...>
Chynah Tyler=C2=A0 <Chynah.Tyler...>

<Jay.Newsome...>
<Brian.Rosman...>

https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/Senate
gives the names, phone numbers and emails for all Massachusetts Senators.=
=20

https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/House
gives the names, phone numbers and emails for all Massachusetts House Membe=
rs.=20

Unfortunately it's done by legislative district, so you have to know what c=
ounty you're in and which district of that county. How to make reaching you=
r legislator an insider's game! I googled "Lexington, Massachusetts state s=
enator" and Mike Barrett's name came up right away. Similarly I googled "Le=
xington, Massachusetts state house member" and Michelle Ciccolo's name came=
up.=20

General contact information for all including phone numbers can be searched=
for on this page:=20
https://malegislature.gov/statehouse/contact=20


Here is my sample letter. Be sure to include "Public health testimony" in y=
our subject field:=20

Dear Senator Barrett,=20

I am writing to express my extreme concern over Governor Baker's recently f=
iled bill H.4650 "An Act To Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealths." I ask=
that the Joint Committee on Public Health send this bill to study. Before =
the bill is passed proponents should be required to file an environmental i=
mpact study, just like any other project that affects the environment we li=
ve in -- especially our wetlands.=20

I am a field naturalist and study and survey insects, amphibians, mammals, =
birds. When toxic spraying for arborvirus (the EEE vector) was initiated la=
st fall over much of eastern Massachusetts, I saw an immediate crash in the=
number and variety of insects I encountered and a resultant dearth of migr=
atory birds -- this was during the height of bird migration. This lack of i=
nsects and birds in eastern Massachusetts persisted through the winter and =
was noted and commented on by many other field naturalists that I know.=20

As you may be aware, there is worldwide concern over a perceived crash in i=
nsect numbers. The local situation last fall and winter seemed catastrophic=
even compared to the previous declines we have been noting. Unfortunately,=
what I say or what any other single observer says can only be classified a=
s anecdotal evidence and is not "scientific". It takes serious data gatheri=
ng capabilities to "prove" that pesticides or insecticides actually cause t=
he declines that we can see with our own eyes.=20

But, please note, there is no reason to NOT study the situation, the "solut=
ion" or the outcomes. That is what environmental impact statements are: We =
propose a course of action, then ask experts to gather the data on environm=
ental impacts of that action, and then proceed based on the findings. This =
is required of every project, no matter how little, near or in a wetland. W=
hy isn't that done with mosquito spraying, a program with the largest poten=
tial area of impact?=20

As Rachel Carson showed many decades ago, the toxins we spread affect every=
living thing, not just target species, despite what the chemical companies=
and mosquito control agencies claim.=20

In summary, I wish to make the following statements:=20
* The bill is too broad. It is currently written with no minimum threshold =
for when EEE spraying determinations will be made, no opportunity for input=
from affected communities or landowners, and no expiration date.=20
* There is no transparency on the decision-making process. The bill fails t=
o define the science, data, or health concerns that would trigger future sp=
raying. There is no information about how actions will be taken and determi=
nations will be made for EEE spraying, and there is no role for local board=
s of health or environmental groups in the bill. In short, there is no prov=
ision for an environmental impact study.=20
* There are no requirements for notifying community or property owners prio=
r to spraying. And no provision for communities or property owners to opt o=
ut of the toxic spraying.=20

Please take negative action on this bill.=20

Respectfully,

Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Ave
Lexington, MA 02421

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<div style=3D"color:darkgreen;font: 10pt Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-se=
rif;">
<div>Hello All,</div>

<div>I know that this is very late, but I thought that members would still =
be interested.</div>

<div>Maybe you can&nbsp; send E-mails to your Representatives anyways.</div=
>

<div><br>
</div>

<div>Knowledge is Power,</div>

<div>Joe Malachowski</div>
<br>
<br>

<div style=3D"font-family:arial,helvetica;font-size:10pt;color:black">-----=
Original Message-----<br>
From: Soheil Zendeh &lt;<sohzendeh...>&gt;<br>
To: 'Massbird' &lt;<massbird...>&gt;; <Arlingtonbirds...>=
om<br>
Sent: Sun, May 10, 2020 12:59 pm<br>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Oppose endless mosquito spraying: Deadline Monda=
y, May 11<br>
<br>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Folks, <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">This is posted with the moderators' permissions.<br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Many of you may remember that last fall, at the height of =
fall bird migration, there was hysteria over EEE and a huge mosquito sprayi=
ng campaign was started by the Commonwealth. You may also remember that fal=
l bird migration in eastern Massachusetts was among the quietest in years a=
nd the winter was equally quiet -- despite the extreme mildness of temperat=
ures. If you chase bugs, as I do, you might have noticed a huge drop-off in=
bug numbers and variety in the fall, a time of year when insects are ordin=
arily numerous. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">It's hard to pin this sort of stuff down. When I tell you =
about this, you can shrug and say "Well, what can one observer tell us?" Bu=
t, if many people say this, maybe we sit up and take notice. Nevertheless, =
it is just anecdotal, just hearsay, not "scientific". <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">The question is, why is it not treated in a scientific man=
ner by the state? Right now, in a bill filed by Governor Baker (H.4650 "An =
Act To Mitigate Arbovirus in the Commonwealths) there is a proposal to exem=
pt Massachusetts Mosquito Control Board " from all state laws and allow the=
m to conduct mosquito eradication measures anywhere in the Commonwealth, ev=
en if municipalities do not want mosquito spraying in their towns. The bill=
will allow the Mosquito Control Board to do this work based on a determina=
tion from the state Department of Public Health that there might be an elev=
ated risk of mosquito borne disease in the next year. Once passed, this bil=
l has no sunset clause. Without oversight, transparency or coordination wit=
h other agencies =E2=80=94including those charged with environmental protec=
tion=E2=80=94 this bill could do more harm than good." (Quoted from an acti=
on alert by Charles River Watershed Association) <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">I am asking you to reach out to your state reps and senato=
rs and ask them to oppose this bill. Below is a sample email I wrote to one=
of my senators, Mike Barrett of Lexington. The gist of my argument is, why=
do we not require an environmental impact study when such an enormous and =
potentially dangerous region-wide process as mosquito spraying is proposed =
-- over wetlands no less! -- whereas we require such a study from even tiny=
and local projects that impact wetlands and the environment? <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">You can, if you agree with me, copy and paste the email be=
low to your own legislators, or compose your own. But there is a deadline: =
Monday afternoon, May 11, at 5 pm. Try to get something in to them before t=
hen. Below is a list of my legislators as well as instructions on how to fi=
nd your own in your town: <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">State Senate: <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Mike Barrett <a href=3D"mailto:<Mike.Barrett...>" =
ymailto=3D"mailto:<Mike.Barrett...>"><Mike.Barrett...></a> =
(Senator for Lexington) <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Cindy F. Friedman <a href=3D"mailto:Cindy.Friedman@masenat=
e.gov" ymailto=3D"mailto:<Cindy.Friedman...>">Cindy.Friedman@masena=
te.gov</a> (Senator for Lexington) <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">William Brownsberger <a href=3D"mailto:william.brownsberge=
<r...>" ymailto=3D"mailto:<william.brownsberger...>">willia=
<m.brownsberger...></a> (President pro tem) <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Karen E. Spilka <a href=3D"mailto:<Karen.Spilka...>=
v" ymailto=3D"mailto:<Karen.Spilka...>"><Karen.Spilka...></=
a> (President) <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Senator Comerford <a href=3D"mailto:Jo.Comerford@masenate.=
gov" ymailto=3D"mailto:<Jo.Comerford...>"><Jo.Comerford...>=
</a> (Joint Committee on Public Health)<br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Nick Collins <a href=3D"mailto:<Nick.Collins...>" =
ymailto=3D"mailto:<Nick.Collins...>"><Nick.Collins...></a><=
br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">State House of Representatives: <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Michelle Ciccolo <a href=3D"mailto:Michelle.Ciccolo@mahous=
e.gov" ymailto=3D"mailto:<Michelle.Ciccolo...>">Michelle.Ciccolo@mah=
ouse.gov</a> (Representative for Lexington) <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Robert DeLeo <a href=3D"mailto:<Robert.DeLeo...>" y=
mailto=3D"mailto:<Robert.DeLeo...>"><Robert.DeLeo...></a> (Sp=
eaker of the House) <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Ronald Mariano <a href=3D"mailto:<Ronald.Mariano...>=
v" ymailto=3D"mailto:<Ronald.Mariano...>"><Ronald.Mariano...>=
</a> (Majority Leader) <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Patricia A. Haddad <a href=3D"mailto:Patricia.Haddad@mahou=
se.gov" ymailto=3D"mailto:<Patricia.Haddad...>">Patricia.Haddad@maho=
use.gov</a> (Speaker pro tem) <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">John J. Mahoney&nbsp; <a href=3D"mailto:John.Mahoney@maho=
use.gov" ymailto=3D"mailto:<John.Mahoney...>"><John.Mahoney...>=
ov</a><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Chynah Tyler&nbsp; <a href=3D"mailto:Chynah.Tyler@mahouse.=
gov" ymailto=3D"mailto:<Chynah.Tyler...>"><Chynah.Tyler...></=
a><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><a href=3D"mailto:<Jay.Newsome...>" ymailto=3D"mail=
to:<Jay.Newsome...>"><Jay.Newsome...></a><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><a href=3D"mailto:<Brian.Rosman...>" ymailto=3D"ma=
ilto:<Brian.Rosman...>"><Brian.Rosman...></a><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><a href=3D"https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/S=
enate" target=3D"_blank">https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/Sena=
te</a><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">gives the names, phone numbers and emails for all Massachu=
setts Senators. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><a href=3D"https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/H=
ouse" target=3D"_blank">https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Members/House=
</a><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">gives the names, phone numbers and emails for all Massachu=
setts House Members. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Unfortunately it's done by legislative district, so you ha=
ve to know what county you're in and which district of that county. How to =
make reaching your legislator an insider's game! I googled "Lexington, Mass=
achusetts state senator" and Mike Barrett's name came up right away. Simila=
rly I googled "Lexington, Massachusetts state house member" and Michelle Ci=
ccolo's name came up. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">General contact information for all including phone number=
s can be searched for on this page: <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><a href=3D"https://malegislature.gov/statehouse/contact" t=
arget=3D"_blank">https://malegislature.gov/statehouse/contact </a><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Here is my sample letter. Be sure to include "Public healt=
h testimony" in your subject field: <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Dear Senator Barrett, <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">I am writing to express my extreme concern over Governor B=
aker's recently filed bill H.4650 "An Act To Mitigate Arbovirus in the Comm=
onwealths." I ask that the Joint Committee on Public Health send this bill =
to study. Before the bill is passed proponents should be required to file a=
n environmental impact study, just like any other project that affects the =
environment we live in -- especially our wetlands. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">I am a field naturalist and study and survey insects, amph=
ibians, mammals, birds. When toxic spraying for arborvirus (the EEE vector)=
was initiated last fall over much of eastern Massachusetts, I saw an immed=
iate crash in the number and variety of insects I encountered and a resulta=
nt dearth of migratory birds -- this was during the height of bird migratio=
n. This lack of insects and birds in eastern Massachusetts persisted throug=
h the winter and was noted and commented on by many other field naturalists=
that I know. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">As you may be aware, there is worldwide concern over a per=
ceived crash in insect numbers. The local situation last fall and winter se=
emed catastrophic even compared to the previous declines we have been notin=
g. Unfortunately, what I say or what any other single observer says can onl=
y be classified as anecdotal evidence and is not "scientific". It takes ser=
ious data gathering capabilities to "prove" that pesticides or insecticides=
actually cause the declines that we can see with our own eyes. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">But, please note, there is no reason to NOT study the situ=
ation, the "solution" or the outcomes. That is what environmental impact st=
atements are: We propose a course of action, then ask experts to gather the=
data on environmental impacts of that action, and then proceed based on th=
e findings. This is required of every project, no matter how little, near o=
r in a wetland. Why isn't that done with mosquito spraying, a program with =
the largest potential area of impact? <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">As Rachel Carson showed many decades ago, the toxins we sp=
read affect every living thing, not just target species, despite what the c=
hemical companies and mosquito control agencies claim. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">In summary, I wish to make the following statements: <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">* The bill is too broad. It is currently written with no m=
inimum threshold for when EEE spraying determinations will be made, no oppo=
rtunity for input from affected communities or landowners, and no expiratio=
n date. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">* There is no transparency on the decision-making process.=
The bill fails to define the science, data, or health concerns that would =
trigger future spraying. There is no information about how actions will be =
taken and determinations will be made for EEE spraying, and there is no rol=
e for local boards of health or environmental groups in the bill. In short,=
there is no provision for an environmental impact study. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">* There are no requirements for notifying community or pro=
perty owners prior to spraying. And no provision for communities or propert=
y owners to opt out of the toxic spraying. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Please take negative action on this bill. <br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Respectfully,<br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Soheil Zendeh<br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">42 Baker Ave<br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Lexington, MA 02421<br>
</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr"><br>
</div>

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</div>

<div dir=3D"ltr">Group home page:<br>
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<div dir=3D"ltr"><a href=3D"https://mrines.com/Birds/Arlington/" target=3D"=
_blank">https://mrines.com/Birds/Arlington/</a><br>
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