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Get the Facts!

Read the resources available in the Stop River Killing Index

Read the Forest Service Rotenone report on the Strawberry River in Utah

Read the March 2007 Rotenone Re-registration Eligibility Decision


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The following organizations have publicly indicated their opposition to lake and river poisoning projects. If you are already a member, let them know you applaud their stance. If you don’t belong to any of these organizations, consider joining.

Center for Biological Diversity

Wilderness Watch

Californians for Alternatives to Toxics

Washington Toxics Coalition

Beyond Pesticides

Friends of the Earth

Western Environmental Law Center

The Environmental Protection Agency EPA and the states (usually that state’s agriculture office) register or license pesticides for use in the United States. EPA receives its authority to register pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Ask the EPA to apply the precautionary principle when approving any poison for use in and around freshwater. Remind the EPA that Rotenone and Antimycin A kill much more than target species, including nontarget fish, amphibians, and important macroinvertebrates, many of which never fully recover.

EPA Contacts for Rotenone:

Patricia Moe moe.patricia@epa.gov (703) 305-0744 Pesticide Re-Evaluation (PRD)
John Hebert hebert.john@epa.gov (703) 308-6249
Registration (RD)

More EPA Pesticide Contacts

The Center for Biological Diversity has a great database of elected officials. Simply put in your zip code to find your representatives. Tell your representative of your concerns about the use of Rotenone, and inform them of the risks. Go!


Tell Your Elected Officials!

Write a letter to your elected representatives and explain that the use of Rotenone or Antimycin A for the removal of nonnative fish is both short-sighted and dangerous.  Ask them to instruct the Department of Environmental Quality in the state to apply the precautionary principle when approving any poison for use in and around freshwater. Remind them that the use of chemicals in and around your water resources represents a risk to human and wildlife health. The Union of Concerned Scientists has a great list of tips for writing an effective letter on their website titled “How to Write an Effective Letter to Your Policy Maker.” Go!


Write a Letter!

Write a letter to the editor of any publication that runs an article about the use of Rotenone or Antimycin A for the removal of nonnative fish, including, and especially, your local paper. The editorial page is one of the most important sections of any newspaper. More people read the “Letters to the Editor” section than any other section. This is an ideal forum for conveying your message about river killing. Not sure how to get started? Earthjustice has a great list of tips on their website titled, “How can I write an effective letter to the editor?” Go!


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Pass your message on to your friends and colleagues. Invite them to view this website and get involved. Go!

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