Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Pay No Attention to Those Black Helicopters

If you see black helicopters hovering near you on your way to or from work today, have no fear. Neither the military nor the UN is planning a coup. Instead, the DEP is spraying for those pesky black flies. 

From Northampton County: PA DEP will be conducting an aerial black fly (biting gnat) control operation along the Delaware River on Tuesday, July 2 beginning at approximately 8:00. The Black Fly Suppression Program will be treating the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s portion of the Delaware River. This aerial activity will occur in Bucks and Northampton counties. Without financial support from New Jersey, Pennsylvania can no longer manage and spray the New Jersey portion of the Delaware River. The helicopter used for this operation will N655HA, a gray Bell 206 L-1 with red and blue stripes. The aircraft is operated by Helicopter Applicators of Gettysburg, PA. DEP personnel will be on site at all landing zones managing the operation.

Helicopter Applicators Inc. will be dispersing Vectobac 12AS, which is a Bti product manufactured by Valent Biosciences. Bti is short for Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis, which is a bacterial larvicide, not a chemical, and is the only product used in Pennsylvania's waterways for black fly suppression. Vectobac 12AS is a thick brown liquid resembling chocolate milk. The helicopter will fly low near tree top level and release the Vectobac at various predetermined positions on each stream.

This work does NOT involve a helicopter spraying over the entire county. This work is targeted to portions of specifically mentioned waterways. The helicopter will apply B.t.i. to designated areas every few miles along the treated waterways. Application is done by first circling the area to look for people on the ground or obstructions in the air. Then, the helicopter will fly perpendicular to the water flow (whenever possible) and apply the B.t.i. material which is a brown, viscous liquid with a fish oil odor to it.

Any questions about the operation may be directed to Paul Mages, Aquatic Biologist with the Southeast Regional Office of the Department of Environmental Protection.
484-250-5196/ pmages@pa.gov

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Agenda 21 population control, human reproductive sterilants US Zone 3. Black Fly Suppression Program.

Anonymous said...

Amen anon 2:22. Population suppression tactics. It is no laughing matter.

Anonymous said...

I understand they'll divert momentarily from the Lehigh to dust a neighborhood in West Easton.

Anonymous said...

@5:28 Wilson Borough has a good constable. Hopefully they will use precision targeting when they spray Ridge St.

AOC said...

I was hoping it was ICE

Anonymous said...

Yes, I hate the gnats but I will miss the pretty butterflies affected by this.

Anonymous said...

All the butterflies are gone in the ABE Area.