Spraying set for May

Posted on May 05 2020 in Bartholomew County REMC
Photo of person spraying vegetation

Vegetation management is crucial to providing reliable service to our members. In mid May, BCREMC will be spraying under electric lines. The area served by the Elizabethtown substation, where trees were trimmed last year, will be sprayed. BCREMC will not spray yards. We are primarily focusing on fields, ditches, fence rows, brush and abandoned areas that are not mowed or maintained under power lines.  Areas within subdivisions will not be sprayed. However, the paths and roads leading into the subdivision may be sprayed at the discretion of BCREMC.

BCREMC has changed the spraying technique used. The contractor, Progressive Solutions, will be doing targeted, low volume spraying. They will either have a backpack containing the herbicide solution or will be spraying from an ATV. This will secure a more targeted spray. It is safer and has limited run off.

If you do not want your property sprayed, or there is something you want us to avoid in the right-of-way, you must fill out the no spray agreement. A signed agreement must be sent to us by May 15  for your property to be exempt from spraying. By enrolling in this program, the landowner will agree to take responsibility for the maintenance of the no spray areas. To see our full spraying policy or the no spray agreement please visit www.bcremc.com/right-of-ways-spraying.  

The contractors used are fully licensed and certified to do this work by the Indiana State Chemist. The herbicides used have been approved by the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and are registered with both state and federal agencies. 

By performing this routine maintenance, we increase the reliability of our system and keep the power on for you, our members.