Whatcom County road crews to begin roadside spraying program

Crews with Whatcom County Public Works Department are beginning an annual program of spraying herbicides on more than 250 miles of roads maintained by the county.

Lawn and yard areas may have a minimum 12-inch strip treated to help drainage and to minimize pavement damage, the county said.

Residents can sign an agreement saying the county won’t spray in front of their property if the owners agree to maintain the roadside themselves. There is no charge for the service.

Also, people sensitive to pesticides can get on a Washington Department of Agriculture registry to prevent anyone from using the chemicals near their property.

The agreements and “owner will maintain” signs are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the department’s maintainence and operations office, 901 W. Smith Road.