A majority of voters who returned to sign unsigned ballots approved Measure 21-177, a ban on aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County, bringing the total vote to 6994 for the ban versus 6933 against it, making the ban on aerial pesticide spraying in Lincoln County a reality.
Supporters gave thanks to the many people who volunteered and campaigned so valiantly. Ban supporters say the vast amounts spent by corporate opponents failed to convince voters that profits are more important than health, safety, and the right to informed consent.
Citizens for a Healthy Lincoln County said Lincoln County is the first county in the United States to ban aerial spraying of pesticides by a vote of the people.
Committeeman Rio Davidson said “This is not the first time Lincoln County has spoken truth to power and won.” “Back in 1976, folks here put Lincoln County on the map by winning a huge landmark case against the United States government, stopping federal spraying of Agent Orange on our forests and homes and waterways,” said Susan Parker Swift. “Now Lincoln County has done it again. I couldn’t be prouder to share this repeat victory!”
Barbara Davis, co-petitioner of measure 21-177, says the win brought to her mind the following quote by Margaret Mead:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Passage of Measure 21-177 was just the first hurdle that had to be overcome. A committee spokesman said “Implementation of the measure, and the obstacles to it that opponents will still raise, are next. Citizens for a Healthy County will continue to meet those challenges, and welcomes all who are willing to join us in the effort.”