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Outline of Spray Pilot Semi-Annual Briefing


Report on Issues Related to the Aerial Eradication of Illicit Coca in Colombia
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
December 2003
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March 25, 2003

To: ERAD Manager
From: F/W Standards
Subject: Outline of Spray Pilot Semi-Annual Briefing

This briefing runs 1-2 hours.

Review of Reference Materials

Annex 6-2 of Colombia Operations Directives
Aircraft ATM spraying tasks
Aerial Application Handbook
EPA Guide for Commercial Pesticide Applicators
Product Labels

Potential Environmental Impact of Spraying

Differences Between Licit and Illicit Crop Spraying
Public and Media Perceptions of the DoS Eradication Program
Review of Recent Verification Reports
Goal of Zero Collateral Damage
Impact on Crop and Non-Crop Vegetation
Impact on Bodies of Water and Marine Life
Impact on Humans and Animals

Techniques to Minimize Collateral Damage

Weather Awareness for Spraying
Drift Condition Awareness and Monitoring - F/W & R/W
Accurate Tracking of Spray Pattern Lines
Positive Identification of Target Fields
Positive Identification of Non-Target Crops and Areas
Spray / No-Spray Decision and Timing
Swath Placement and Control

Open Discussion / Q&A

Inadvertent Off-Target Spraying
Reporting and Documentation of Off-Target Spray Events
Suggestions for Improvement of Spray Effectiveness and Drift Control

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