Mosquitoes Breeding in Storm Drains
Documents provided to the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s
Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 2:30 p.m.
Tab “J” provides an excellent overview
B. Copy of Section 26A of the Miami-Dade County Code of Ordinances, showing that structures that breed mosquitoes violate county laws. To view the ordinance online, start at Municode then scroll down in the left navigation window to Chapter 26A. Click on the words "Chapter 26A SANITARY NUISANCE" - don't click on the small folder icon;
C. Copy of Chapter 386.01 – 386.051 of the Florida Statutes, showing that structures that breed mosquitoes violate state laws;
D. Copy of January 5, 2005 letter from Aristides Rivera to Mike Pryslak reporting that 43% of 202 catch basins inspected in December 2004 were found to be breeding mosquitoes;
E. Copy of December 20, 2004 letter from Aristides Rivera to Charlie Crist stating that, a) mosquitoes were found breeding in catch basins as early as November 2003, b) “Mosquito breeding is found in certain storm drains and there is no known method for its prevention” – something I disagree with – and c) “The Mosquito Control Division does not routinely inspect storm drains due to funding limitations;”
F. Copy of several email messages between Mike Pryslak and various county employees between October 31, 2003 and December 10, 2003 where Mike Pryslak first tried to report this problem to the county;
G. Copy of January 7, 2005 letter from Lillian Rivera to Mike Pryslak stating that, “The design retention time in catch basins is usually 24 hours (ideally storm water shouldn’t remain in the basins for more than 24 hours;)"
Copy of September 4, 2001 Memorandum from Vicki
Kramer to Ken Smarkel as an example of a Policy Statement I believe
An announcement for the October 10, 2002
Congressional Hearing on West Nile Virus: the Clean Water Act and
Mosquito Control and a booklet containing the official transcript of the
Hearing, to explain that this is a serious national problem
3 Mb 43-Page TIFF file of scanned booklet, right click and choose Save Target As;
K. A copy of the article, Stormwater, BMPs and Vectors: The Impact of New BMP Construction on Public Health Agencies including the two sidebars Vector-Control Costs at a Glance and Benefiting From Local Public Agencies to provide professional opinions on the problem;
A copy of “Stormwater Management Technical Bulletin No.
8 VECTOR CONTROL Mosquitoes & Stormwater Management” to provide
the State of
M. Email messages between from Dr. Roger Nasci and Mike Pryslak on the CDC’s position;
N. A copy of the CDC’s guidance, “Stormwater Management and Vector Breeding Habitats;”
O. Portions of the California Department of Transportation’s extensive study on the problem, including, “A Preliminary Assessment of Design Criteria for Vector Prevention in Structural Best Management Practices in Southern California” which demonstrates that designs can be made which adhere to The Clean Water Act and FEMA Flood Mitigation Program Requirements without fostering mosquito production. The Notebook provided to the Mayor’s office included only the Coversheet and Section 1.8 of the final report, the list of all documents in Appendix E (which is provided below) and the 7th item below from the Appendix E:
Section 1.8 of the BMP Retrofit Pilot Program Final Report 2.45 Mb and the documents in its Appendix E: Vector Monitoring and Abatement focus on mosquitoes breeding in storm drains. All 13 documents in its Appendix E are listed below:
All the external reference documents, and more, can be found through links at www.pryslak.org.