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Butte County Public Works to Begin Annual Herbicide Application on Public Roads

Wednesday, January 08, 2020/Categories: News and Announcements

Butte County Public Works to Begin Annual Herbicide Application on Public Roads


Oroville, Calif.--The Butte County Department of Public Works will begin the annual roadside herbicide application starting January 8, 2020 through June 2020.  Performing this work helps keep the road edges and ditches free of noxious weeds, and reduces the fire danger for the upcoming summer while keeping drainage ditches clear to prevent future flooding.


If residents would prefer not to have roadway edge sprayed adjacent to their property, please contact the Public Works’ office at (530) 538-7681 to arrange for a “no-spray” agreement.  This agreement can also be found online at http://www.buttecounty.net/publicworks/Downloads.aspx.  The County maintains a list of properties requesting this “no-spray”.  We request a contact name, address and phone number of the property owner for our files, and that the owner manually keep the weeds and invasive species cleared.  Owners on the “no-spray” list will be provided with signs to mark areas not to be sprayed.


Trained and licensed operators will do all spraying in strict compliance with the Butte County Agricultural Commissioner requirements and the manufacturer’s recommendations.  Most treated areas will have a six to eight foot wide band of herbicide applied (from the edge of pavement outward).  This treatment reduces the amount of weeds and vegetation alongside the roadway edges and will greatly reduce the chance of carelessly thrown cigarettes or a dragging chain causing a wildland fire later this summer. In addition, control of noxious weeds during this stage of development will improve the roadside drainage and minimize additional maintenance by County staff.  The spraying will consist of critical road shoulders and drainage ditches.  A listing of roads to be treated is located on the webpage http://www.buttecounty.net/Portals/22/downloads/Permits/Roadside%20Spray%20List.pdf


We do not anticipate any traffic delays as a result of these operations.  Spraying activities will be performed with a marked County of Butte truck.  If motorists encounter the spraying operations, please stay back a reasonable distance.  The operators will pull off the roadway and allow the motorists to pass at the first convenient location.


The Butte County Public Works Department has been serving its residents since 1850, providing cost effective roadway maintenance services.  The Department maintains approximately 1,300 miles of roadways, over 500 bridges and drainage structures and more than 18,000 road signs. 



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