More Backyard Pesticides Show Up in California Watersheds: Report

"Levels of a type of pesticide commonly used in backyard gardens and on farms have increased in urban and rural watersheds in California, the state said in a report released Wednesday.

Pyrethroid pesticides, which are similar to chemicals produced naturally in chrysanthemum flowers, have replaced older, more toxic chemicals used to kill insects and fungi, and are found in about 3,500 products, the United States Environmental Protection Agency said.

But they are believed to be harmful to aquatic life when found in high levels in urban runoff."

Sharon Bernstein reports for Reuters November 20, 2014.

Source: Reuters, 11/21/2014