The MRA Board of Directors approves $1,000 Arkansas Ave MRA Improvement grant. This is the first improvement grant to be awarded by the MRA.
At the 2011 Annual Town Meeting, $100,000 was authorized to create a Nantucket Mosquito Control Program under Mass General Law Chapter 252, Improvement of Low Lands and Swamps.
Chapter 252 of the Mass General Laws allows counties to set up County Mosquito Control Boards that treat for mosquito elimination in season and address water stagnation in the off season. In December of 2011 a Mosquito Control Advisory Committee was established. The 2012 Annual Town Meeting voted to send a Home Rule petition, creating a Nantucket Mosquito Control Board, to the Massachusetts State Legislature. Without the enactment of this legislation, the Town may not enter private property without the approval of the owner. The legislation will give the Town legal right of access to test for mosquitoes and treat larvae. The Advisory Committee hired a contractor, Vector Disease ControI International (www.vdci.net) to do testing and treatment for the Spring/Summer of 2013.
The Mosquito Control Program follows an Integrated Pest Management plan. All pest management decisions will be made after conducting surveillance and determining that mosquito populations have reached an action threshold. The integrated plan will combine multiple pest control measures in an environmentally responsible manner and may include surveillance, source reduction, ditch maintenance, water management, application of larvicide and pupacide and education. Larvicides to be used are "essentially nontoxic" according to the EPA, and will not harm humans, animals, birds, other insects, fish, shellfish, plants or the environment. Unless there is a serious public health threat, pesticides and aerial and truck spraying will not be employed. Private property owners will be permitted to opt out of testing and treatment.