The photo above is of my neighbor’s wildflower meadow in October. You can see the milkweed is dispersing its seed, and rudbeckia now predominates. There are a few gallardia here and there, but that’s about it.
Earlier this summer, I wrote about my complaint to the RI Department of Environmental Management, after a tree company sprayed the apple trees in the meadow, as well as all the pollinators it had attracted, and my birdbath and vegetable garden.
(OK folks, let’s plant a wildflower meadow to lure the pollinators and then kill them all with toxic chemicals. What were they thinking???????)
I explained that I had decided to give the bureaucratic system a chance, so I duly registered my complaint, which required a lengthy interview with the investigator, and waited to see if anything would happen.
Weeks went by and I heard nothing from the investigator. Finally, I telephoned her and she informed me that she had no way to confirm the wind speed the day of the spraying. This is key, because it was far too windy for the company to be spraying that day and the wind carried the chemicals into my yard.
I had checked the windsurfing site my husband subscribes to and recorded the wind speed at the time of the spraying. The investigator emailed me to say she was unable to gather wind data from that day, and could I please give her the windsurfing website URL so she could check with them. The last communication I had from her was that she had not been able to access the site. Don’t you think it’s strange that a plant pathologist investigating a case for the state can’t obtain something as basic as wind speed data?
So there you have it. Case apparently closed. This was an ineffectual, and in my opinion, pathetic effort on the part of RIDEM. As for the “system,” I’m sorry I even bothered.