Pesticides are one of many tools available to us for effective protection of crops from weeds, insects, and diseases. Pesticides require special care and handling. The following practices outline safe, responsible, and effective procedures for pesticide use and handling that can help protect our environment, our water supplies - and ourselves.
Pesticide users must follow all applicable legal requirements when mixing and loading pesticides including:
Safeguard protection practices are defined in Minnesota Rules parts 1505.3010 to 1505.3150 for bulk pesticides and in Minnesota Rules 1510.0370 to 1510.0408 and Minnesota Statutes Chapter 18C for fertilizer. Safeguards include such practices as providing secondary containment for pesticide storage, mixing, and loading activities. Although written for bulk pesticides, safeguards listed in Minnesota Rules 1505.3010 to 1505.3150 are required for all pesticide mixing and loading activities that take place within 100 ft. of a well. Also, when bulk storage of pesticides or fertilizers are involved (56 gallons or greater), safeguards are required whether a well is nearby or not.
For more information on visit isolation distances from water-supply wells web page, or directly to Minnesota Rule 4725.4450 Water-Supply Well Distances From Contamination.
Report to the Minnesota Duty Officer both threatened or actual pesticide releases that may cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment by calling 1-800-422-0798. This would include pesticide releases caused by a flood, fire, tornado, or transportation accident, and container rupture, leak, spill, and/or escape. All chemical spills must be cleaned up in their entirety as soon as practicable or according to specifications made by the MDA.
In addition to legal requirements, consider the following voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) when making pesticide application and handling decisions.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture • University of Minnesota Extension • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Working cooperatively to balance pest management and water quality protection. August 2009
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division