The True Costs of Highway Spraying
Updated: Feb 28
Why roadside pesticide use has the biggest impact on our under-housed neighbors.
Pesticides that are broadcast sprayed on highways impact us all, but especially those without the protection of a house or car. Roadside pesticide use has the biggest impact on our under-housed neighbors. This video taken on Highway 12 in Sonoma County demonstrates one of the true costs of managing roads with chemicals; costs that are never taken into account when an agency decides to "save money" by spraying weeds.
With local control over how state highways are managed, Sonoma County leaders would have a choice over how areas near homes, schools, and other sensitive environments were managed. CA Assembly Bill 99, which was introduced in January 2023 would provide more local oversight and control over how our state highways are managed.