Chlorpyrifos-Treated Crops in the Vicinity of Surface Water Contamination in the San Joaquin Valley, California, USA

  • Keith StarnerEmail author
  • Kean S. Goh


Due to frequent contamination of streams in the San Joaquin Valley, California, USA, with the insecticide chlorpyrifos, researchers are working to identify crop-specific management practices that will reduce the offsite movement of this compound into surface waters. To guide this effort, crops treated with chlorpyrifos in the vicinity of contaminated streams were identified; walnut, alfalfa, and almond were the primary crops identified. Use was higher on walnut and almond, but due to irrigation practices offsite movement in surface runoff may be more likely from alfalfa. Based on these findings, development of management practices to reduce off-site movement of chlorpyrifos in irrigation runoff from treated alfalfa fields is recommended.


Chlorpyrifos Surface water Agriculture Off site movement Alfalfa 



We would like to thank Frank Spurlock for his technical review, as well as for his many valuable contributions to our projects over the years. Thanks to all involved in the development of data used here, including staff from USGS, California RWQCB (monitoring data), and DPR’s Pest Management and Analysis Program and County Ag Commissioners Offices (PUR data). The mention of commercial products, their source, or use in connection with material reported herein is not to be construed as either an actual or implied endorsement of such product.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environmental Monitoring Branch, California Department of Pesticide RegulationSacramentoUSA

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