My latest story for EarthFix: A restoration project in Bandon Marsh created new habitat for salmon and shorebirds, but it also created a new breeding ground for mosquitoes. Local residents are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to control the swarms that are keeping them indoors despite beautiful summer weather.
Bandon Mayor Mary Schamehorn says people in her community are being “held hostage in their homes” by the onslaught of mosquitoes. Visitors to the area, including golfers at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, are being tormented, and some have canceled their plans to hold events at nearby Bullards Beach State Park, The World reports.
The city of Bandon has actually offered to give the Fish and Wildlife Service money to deal with the problem, which has been ongoing throughout the summer. The federal agency says it’s working to reduce the amount of stagnant water in the marsh, but Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio sent a press release indicating he’s growing impatient with the agency:
“I first asked Fish and Wildlife Services about the mosquito swarms around Bandon in May— they told me they were looking into the problem. Three months later and well into the tourist season, the mosquito problem has gotten worse. Because of the mosquito swarms, residents and businesses are suffering, and recreation on our public lands has become nearly impossible. We need a plan to prevent this from happening in the future, but USF&W also needs a cost effective and environmentally-conscious plan to repress the mosquitoes today.”
You can check out the rest of the story at OPB’s EarthFix page, where I will be posting my work from now on.