From Maricopa County
It is that time again when weeds become a major nuisance in Maricopa County.
Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) encourages property owners to be aware of the potential impacts caused by dust from weed removal.
A permit from MCAQD is required when removing weeds by mechanized equipment (discing, blading or scraping) if this activity disturbs more than 1/10 of an acre. If the weeds are removed with a mower, weed eater or hand tool, a permit is not required.
Regardless of how weeds are removed, if the surface is disturbed during removal, it must be re-stabilized to prevent airborne dust that could become an air quality concern. Stabilize soil crust by applying water or other forms of soil stabilizer. Rock or asphalt millings are other options.
Residents may report air quality concerns or dust control issues by calling the department at (602)372-2703 or filing a report online at Maricopa.gov/2132/report-a-violation.
For more information on weed removal and/or permit requirements, contact the MCAWD Business Assitance Office at (602)506-5102 or visit the department's website www.maricopa.gov/aq.