Sound Off: Why can’t Lawrence public works warn citizens about chemical spraying with visible signage at all entrances to the levee trails BEFORE they spray?
Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: Spraying is completely weather dependent so signage can’t be placed days ahead for advanced notification. City crews cannot spray unless there has been no rain for two days prior and wind speeds are under 10 mph; spraying is generally done early in the morning. The day of spraying, city crews place notification at the trail to notify residents. Spraying is a condition of maintenance for the levee through an agreement with the city of Lawrence and the Corps of Engineers.