Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification


  • Eugene, OR
  • http://www.pesticide.org

Mission Statement

NCAP's mission is to protect community and environmental health and inspire the use of ecologically sound solutions to reduce the use of pesticides.

Main Programs

  1. Healthy Food and Farms
  2. Pesticide-free Parks
  3. Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids
  4. Clean Water for Salmon

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Kim Leval

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Physical Address

211 W 5th Ave

Eugene, 97401

Also Known As

NCAP or Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

NCAP empowers communities to make change happen not only in their backyards and
gardens, but also in their communities. 
NCAP has a variety
of programs benefiting rural and urban communities throughout the Northwest.
NCAP is urging better protections to keep pesticides out of water; establishing
safe, pesticide-free places for kids to live, learn and play; strengthening
sustainable agriculture and rural economies; and educating people about using
alternatives to pesticides in and around their homes.


What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Healthy Food and Farms

NCAP is working with farmers and researchers in the
Northwest to implement healthy farming practices and reduce the use of
pesticides. Agriculture is the largest user of pesticides in the country.

NCAP works with farmers to reduce their pesticide use. We
believe that food production should benefit clean water, clean air and human


Cleaner Water

The water on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation was so
contaminated with toxic chemicals that residents—members of the Shoshone and
Bannock Tribes—could not drink it. In the early 2000s, NCAP worked with the Tribes and potato growers on
the Fort Hall Indian Reservation to implement green manures as an alternative
to fumigant use—reducing pesticides on reservation potato farms. 


Bye-Bye Blight

Early blight is a major potato disease—a disease that
typically results in spraying lots of chemicals. Enter Bacillus mycoides
isolate J, a bacterium that helps potato plants defend themselves against early
blight. We’ve become the microbe’s we love our spuds. And
we’re working to make organic potatoes easier to find at the supermarket. Our work to expand organic potato
production includes educational field days and workshops. NCAP supports
university research on production and marketing. We brought together organic
potato growers from five western states to identify how they control insects,
diseases and weeds.




One of the great joys of our work at NCAP is meeting the
Northwest’s organic farmers—some with decades of experience tested in the
field. We believe this information needs to reach more farmers. That’s what our Farmer-to-Farmer
educational programs are designed to do. Our series of educational events,
field days and conferences puts organic farmers—all experts—in front of other
farmers. It’s the best way to share information—and spread the word on organic


When you buy food from farmers who don’t use pesticides, you
are benefiting clean water, wildlife, human health and the sustainability of
agriculture. When you support NCAP, you’re making it easier for farmers to
supply these benefits.


Sustainable Agriculture


Population Served

General Public/Unspecified



Program 2

Pesticide-free Parks

Everyone has the right to a safe place to play.


Pesticides are inherently dangerous compounds. Even with
careful application they leave unwanted toxic residues in our food, water and
even in our bodies. Where we are exposed to pesticides is not always our choice.
Across the Northwest, children, families and pets are exposed to pesticides at
their neighborhood parks. Neighborhood parks serve as gathering places for community celebrations,
events, and informal get-togethers among friends. Parks are reflections of a community, places to celebrate
diversity, and places for families and kids to play.


pesticide-free park movement is growing!


As more Northwest community members demand pesticide-free
public spaces, parks departments are responding. Already, 19 cities have
adopted a Pesticide-free Parks Program, creating public spaces where people can
play without being exposed to pesticides. And the pesticide-free parks movement is growing!

NCAP is building tools for success

NCAP has been hard at work to ensure that neighborhood parks
are free of pesticides for communities to enjoy. We have created the necessary
resources and tools to empower community members to reduce pesticide use in
their neighborhood, starting with their park.


We also know that these programs won't be successful unless
the parks managers have the right tools. NCAP provided new resources to parks managers on effective pesticide-free
techniques as well as created an online network for parks managers and
professional landscapers to share and learn even more. www.sustainableparks.ning.com(http://www.sustainableparks.ning.com/)


NCAP needs your help in continuing to grow this important
program and your community is the first place to start! We have all the resources and tools you
need to establish a strong pesticide-free park program in your community, as
well as resources and tools for the city park professionals.



Population Served

Other Named Groups

Program 3

Healthy Schools, Healthy Kids

Our kids deserve the best wherever they are — and school is
no exception. After all, our children spend hours of each day in school. That
is why NCAP is working to ensure our children have safe and healthy schools to
learn in.


Children are more vulnerable to pesticide exposure than
adults. They have rapidly developing bodies that are more sensitive.
Furthermore, their behavior, such as spending more time in the grass and dirt
where pesticides are often applied, increases their chances of exposure.


pesticide use occurs at our nation’s schools. A 2007 study of more than 29
school districts found that nearly half were in violation of legal requirements
or policies relating to pest management. Outrageously, three districts still
had illegal pesticides in storage, including DDT. The top five most frequently
applied pesticides in schools and child-care facilities are respiratory
irritants and, therefore, asthma triggers.




NCAP is working with parents, teachers and school
administrators to adopt and implement safe and effective. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
emphasizes pest prevention and non-chemical pest control techniques. IPM
policies have reduced pesticide use by more than 70 percent in schools and
public buildings. A recent project documented by the IPM Institute demonstrated
that schools with quality IPM policies and practices have reduced pesticide use
more than 90% while successfully managing pest problems.


Implementing Oregon's new IPM in Schools Law


In 2009, NCAP helped pass a law (SB 637) requiring Oregon schools
and community colleges to adopt IPM policies by 2012. Now NCAP is working to
make sure this new law is a success. NCAP has teamed up with staff at Oregon State University Extension
Service and is on the ground working with school districts across the state to
give them the tools they need to ensure success. 


Get your school to go pesticide free!



Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 4

Clean Water for Salmon

Pesticides pollute Northwest waters and harm salmon

The spectacular waterways that are home to salmon and
steelhead need our help if they are to be the legacy our children and
grandchildren so deserve. One invisible risk to our waters, that can no longer be
ignored, is widespread pesticide pollution. There are more than one billion
pounds of pesticides used in the U.S. every year. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, every waterway
sampled across the United States contained pesticides. In addition to jeopardizing salmon,
these pesticides pose serious risks to public heath – especially the health of
young children. 


EPA has determined that many of the pesticides that harm
salmon are also bad for people. People can be exposed to pesticides in the
water we drink, the food we eat and even the air we breathe. A number of recent
studies have linked prenatal exposure to certain insecticides with behavioral
problems, including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Other studies have linked exposure of
certain pesticides with an increased risk of brain cancer in children and the
cancer non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma in farmers.


The government must ensure the pesticides it regulates don’t
harm salmon

Current regulations are inadequate to protect the waters
that support threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead from pesticides.
The National Marine Fisheries Service includes pesticide contamination as a
major factor in the decline of salmon runs in many of the west’s once-abundant
salmon producing rivers. Still, for more than two decades the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to meet its Endangered Species
Act (ESA) responsibility to ensure the pesticides it regulates don’t harm


Holding government and industry accountable

Unwilling to wait for EPA to act, NCAP initiated the Clean
Water for Salmon Campaign to prompt EPA to fulfill River Picbasic ESA
responsibilities to keep harmful pesticides out of salmon waters. Our persistence is paying off. NCAP and
our allies have successfully prompted NMFS to prescribe new protections to keep
pesticides out of rivers and streams home to endangered salmon populations.


Pesticide manufacturers are aggressively working in the
courts and in Congress to halt the implementation of these protections. NCAP is continuing to counter their
efforts thus ensure EPA imposes new regulations to protect the habitat of
endangered salmon and steelhead from pesticides. Our work has set a strong precedent to protect wildlife from
pesticides. Other organizations are relying on our progress to protect wildlife
as diverse as shore birds, butterflies and fox.



Population Served

Other Named Groups


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Funding Needs

Your support is needed to realize our common vision of protecting people and the environment by advancing alternatives to pesticides. As you may know, more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides are intentionally applied every year in the country and research has shown that pesticides have adverse health effects, including birth defects, cancer, and injury to reproductive organs. Your gift is critical and will provide NCAP support to make on-the-ground changes starting with schools, homes and parks. Your membership gift will give NCAP critical resources to reduce pesticides and increase healthy alternative solutions. By becoming a member or gifting a membership to a friend or family member, you can help us create healthy places for us all to live, learn and play. Add your voice today join us in this effort!

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Kim Leval


Kim joined NCAP as Executive Director in January 2009. Kim
brings to NCAP 21 years of non-profit work experience and a passion for working
with people to find alternatives to pesticides. From 1997 to 2007, as a policy
analyst with the Center for Rural Affairs, Kim worked with farmers, scientists,
and health and environmental advocates to develop federal policies to benefit
family farms and ranches, sustainable and organic agriculture and research into
alternatives to pesticides. Kim then worked as Fund Development Director for
Rural Development Initiatives. Her work has included grassroots organizing,
federal and state policy development, and educating and engaging people on how
to create needed reforms. Kim serves
as Chair of the Oregon Organic Coalition Leadership Council, as a member of the
policy committee of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, on the
agriculture transitions work group of the Pesticide Working Group, and as a
board member of the newly founded national organization - IPM Voice. Kim has a Master of Science degree in
Adult Education and Agricultural Extension from Cornell University. She holds a
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Oregon. She brings expertise in adult learning
theory and transformational and institutional change models and relates this
knowledge to achieve lasting change through NCAP's work.


"NCAP's work is about a lot of things.  At the foundation, it's about protecting our environment and health from chemicals that are designed to interfere with life; this is the concern that drives us.  When it comes to the day-to-day, our work is about people and the many ways we can work together to change practices for the better.  Whether it's protecting our waterways and endangered Pacific salmon from pesticides, working with farmers to enhance organic techniques, or helping park managers care for public places in ecologically-minded ways, our brand of advocacy hinges upon people, trust, cooperation and innovation."



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