Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Crews from the Morris County Mosquito Commission and the county’s Municipal Utilities Authority continued their annual ritual this year of searching for, finding and removing discarded tires from streams, roadsides and wooded areas throughout the county.
Kristian McMorland, superintendent of the Mosquito Commission, said during this past winter, 1,230 tires from 145 locations in 28 different municipalities were collected.
“Most of these tires have been illegally discarded some time ago and are only now being discovered,” McMorland said. “We tend to find tires everywhere but many of these are dumped down dirt roads, behind abandoned buildings or are found in the woods where they have been sitting for years.”
Removing the abandoned tires is part of the commission’s year-round mosquito control activities, McMorland said.
“Tires can hold standing water creating the perfect habitat for many mosquitoes,” McMorland said. “Removing abandoned or illegally dumped tires not only helps to reduce mosquito levels and the threat of West Nile virus, but it improves environmental quality.”
McMorland noted abandoned or illegally dumped tires can also contaminate waterways and surface water run-off.
Since 2001, when the program began, 57,728 tires have been collected from 897 locations in 36 municipalities, according to McMorland.
Mosquito Commission crews find, collect and transport the tires to a trailer supplied by the MUA. The tires are then brought to a registered recycling facility where the tires are shredded and the byproduct sold for various uses including playground cover.
Under the direction of the superintendent, the Morris County Mosquito Commission operates education and public awareness programs as well as water management; surveillance and inspection programs to monitor mosquito populations across the county. When necessary, the appropriate control measures are implemented.
Additional information about the Morris County Mosquito Commission and its activities may be obtained online at www.MorrisMosquito.org or by calling the Mosquito Commission at 973-285-6450.