New York State Stops Using Photodegradeable Netting

Dead garter snake in photodegradeable nettingWhether its road construction, utility work, or chemical remediation, many states call for the use of some sort of landscape fabric or biodegradeable netting to prevent erosion at construction sites until plants take root.

New York State has learned that plastic netting advertised as photodegradeable was used at sites in the state, and has killed and injured wildlife at those sites. The netting is an entanglement risk for wildlife for years, a story put out by the State Bureau of Habitat says.

Read the story, here. The link will bring you to a PDF. The netting story is the second story on page 2.

Photo courtesy of NYS DEC

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