Waterborne Helps Develop a Framework for Endangered Species Risk Assessment
In January 2015, Waterborne employees Matt Kern, Nathan Snyder and Chris Holmes attended a CropLife America (CLA) workshop to help collaborate on the creation of an endangered species assessment framework. The goal of the workshop was to review existing methods and approaches pertaining to ecological risk assessment (ERA) of pesticides and its effects on endangered species, and develop a draft framework document addressing the different methods and approaches proposed by workshop attendees.
Workshop attendees worked together to identify knowledge gaps that existed and develop ways to better address those areas. The group successfully developed an outline for risk assessment that moves towards meeting the EPA’s ESA objectives. The next phase is to develop and collate individual work-products to produce more detailed information that will aid in the development of pragmatic ESA risk assessments.