Saskatchewan Water Monitoring Program for Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Researcher: Claudia Sheedy, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Project Code: SCDC SWDC SPG 2017.01

Final Report: November 2019

Summary: Neonicotinoids are an important family of insecticides in Saskatchewan, and are estimated to contribute to agricultural production in excess of $15 billion annually. However, the PMRA of Health Canada has plans to phase out the neonicotinoid insecticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam in response to water quality information form a limited data set, mostly from Eastern Canada. A Saskatchewan water quality monitoring program for neonicotinoids was implemented in 2017-2019 to get a better understanding of neonicotinoid concentrations in prairie streams. Results detected very low levels (well below the chronic and acceptable level of residual contamination) of neonicotinoids in provincial water bodies.

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NOTE: Full report available upon request from Saskatchewan Agriculture.

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