College Students `Police' In PEI

Published online: Aug 06, 2003
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Six university students have been hired and trained to monitor crops grown on high slopes and to investigate any complaints made against growers at Prince Edward Island, Can.

This is an effort by the Agriculture and Crop Rotation Act to use sensory equipment and recording and mapping skills to monitor buffer zones to aid growers in stopping crop-protection runoff into waterways. The students will also keep records of what crops are grown on fields to show correct cropping rotation.

Started for the first time this summer, it is a long-range plan to record what and where crops are being planted and implement the new rotation and steep-slope planting laws.

A.J. McDonald says this has been a problem over a long period of time. It won't be fixed overnight but there is hope that within a few years, great progress will be made, he said.