A community-based study looking at pesticide contamination of groundwater sources is now underway in the Sonoma County town of Graton. The GRAPE study (GRAton PEsticides) is a joint effort by CPR, Sonoma Safe Agriculture Safe Schools (Sonoma SASS), UCSF, USGS and Breast Cancer Action, with funding from the California Breast Cancer Research Program.
Located in the heart of wine country, Graton is an unincorporated community with no municipal water supply. Every household in the town relies on a well for their household drinking water. With vineyards and orchards surrounding the town on all sides, residents have long expressed concern about their pesticide burden and whether it is making its way into their water.
With this study, residents are taking steps to find answers to their questions. It's hoped that this pilot study will lead to further research into pesticide contamination of our environment, and links to cancer and other health impacts.