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California Pesticide Information Portal (CalPIP)

CalPIP Introduction

Help/User Guide Contents

Welcome to the California Pesticide Information Portal (CalPIP). CalPIP allows you to query from more than one database, or data source, to find information on pesticide related issues. The general public, agricultural producers, environmental regulators, and public policy decision-makers are intensely interested in pesticide-related information about human health issues, food safety, environmental impacts, chemical properties, and agricultural practices. Governmental and private organizations use DPR’s pesticide data to assess risk, food quality, worker exposure, endangered species protection, water and air quality, and to analyze pest management, and land use trends. CalPIP makes it easy for you to acquire pesticide use information formerly accessed by only large, technologically sophisticated organizations. This site allows you to run real-time queries on a 24-hour by 7-day basis about pesticide uses specific to your needs and interests.

Pesticide Use Reporting (PUR) Data Source

DPR determined "typical" user needs by reviewing documents, web sites and other IT projects, and by mining DPR’s corporate knowledge. Through this process, the following questions were identified as being of greatest importance to public users:
  • What is my exposure?
  • What does it mean?
  • Who did it?
  • What are my options?
  • What are you doing about it?
At this time, you will be able to evaluate the issue of pesticide exposure by exploring DPR’s pesticide use and label data. Through the use of text-based query tools in the left navigation column, you will be able to query the database and have your results displayed in tables. If you are interested in the latter four questions, please contact your County Agricultural Commissioner or DPR .

Ground Water Protection Area (GWPA) Data Source

In 1985, the Pesticide Contamination Prevention Act gave DPR a mandate to monitor wells for contamination and identify pesticides moving to ground water. To implement the law, we designated pesticide management zones (PMZs) to control use where contamination occurred. Those early efforts helped us understand how, where, and why some areas were more vulnerable to ground water contamination. Using this extensive data and other information, our scientists created a computer model that shows where regulatory action can effectively prevent contamination. It identifies soil and depth-to-ground-water combinations that can threaten ground water quality.

To better protect vulnerable areas, we are replacing the scattered groupings of PMZs (where use of certain pesticides has been prohibited or restricted) with broader geographical areas, the GWPAs. A GWPA is a geographically defined area that is vulnerable to pesticide contamination, either by leaching or runoff. GWPAs include all existing pesticide management zones, plus other areas based on specified soil types and a depth to ground water of 70 feet or less, encompassing almost eight times more area.

Permits are required for use of ground water pesticides in GWPAs. Using the GWPA data source you will be able to find out whether the field you want to treat is in a GWPA. For more information on GWPAs visit DPR’s Ground Water Protection Program.

Pesticide Regulation’s Endangered Species Custom Realtime Internet Bulletin Engine (PRESCRIBE) Data Source

DPR has been studying endangered species protection issues with federal funding since 1988. There are currently 359 federally listed species in California including federally protected endangered and threatened species, proposed endangered, and proposed threatened species. Collectively, the federally listed species may occupy about 16 million acres, or about 16 percent of the land area of the state, albeit at very low densities.

Since endangered species are not economic pests, there is no essential conflict between using pesticides and protecting endangered species, provided that non-target hazards of pesticides are understood and adequate protection strategies are developed and used to avoid non-target exposures. Even species that broadly overlap agricultural areas need not conflict with local pest control programs if non-target exposures are avoided. PRESCRIBE provides users with pesticide use limits to protect endangered and threatened species from harm due to pesticide use. For more information, visit DPR’s Endangered Species Project.

Version 2017.04 {2015 PUR Data Update)