From the TA:
AMCA is proud to announce that last month CDC announced that AMCA's proposal entitled: Strengthening Training, Evaluation, and Partnerships in the Prevention and Control of Vector- Borne Diseases (STEP), has been approved. This grant will secure support for the evaluation and enhancement of spray drift models used for our aerial mosquito control applications. The refinement and further development of these models will help the EPA create better label language specific to mosquito control applications and help the Services have a better understanding of the impacts of mosquito control applications as it relates to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections. Additionally, these models will help local districts communicate the impacts of their applications to residents and improve application efficiency all of which should help expand the public's education on the utility and efficacy of wide-area mosquito control applications.
AMCA will partner with an outside research team led by Jane Bonds, Ph.D. (Bonds Consulting Group LLC) to complete this project. Dr. Bonds’ team includes premier subject matter experts and industry partnerships knowledgeable in the implementation of the current model. In addition, we will operate in close collaboration with the EPA and their experts within the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP); United States Department of Agriculture Office of Pest Management Policy (USDA OPMP), and other parties as required by the EPA.