With the recent warm and wet weather patterns, the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District is urging those living between the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre rivers to the North Fork area to take precautions against mosquito bites by wearing appropriate clothing and using insect repellent.
On July 28 the NFMAD issued an alert that Delta County Mosquito Control District 1 has had multiple West Nile virus trap pools test positive since early June, and with persistent humidity and rain, "these mosquitoes may be moving along the river corridor into the North Fork District."
Targeted spraying within the 50-square-mile North Fork District began July 26. Areas of focus include the Delta County Fairgrounds, Zack's BBQ, a portion of Lorah Lane, lower Cedar Drive, Riverside Drive and Lower Hanson Mesa Road, and Coal Creek and Bell Creek, and Colburn and Lund roads.
Morning spraying begins between 5:30-6:30 a.m., and evening spraying between 8-8:30 p.m. Fogging trucks are identified by flashing lights and a honking horn. Target spray areas are updated regularly at NFMAD.org and on the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District Facebook page.
Tips on home and garden maintenance, appropriate clothing and more can be found at the website under the "Links" tab. Increases in mosquito activity should be reported immediately to the NFMAD by calling 527-6681. More information is available at NFMAD.org.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.