by Henry House
The city’s parks and public roads effectively went pesticide-free in 2018, according to Alan Prior of the city’s Hazardous Materials Subcommittee of the Natural Resources Commission.
The current official city Integrated Pest Management Policy was recommended by staff in November 2017 and approved by the council, but was opposed by many citizens as well as three commissioners as it was too mild to strongly protect residents from pesticide exposure in city parks.
Although pesticides remain an official policy option (with 48-hour public notice), Parks and Recreation made one application of any pesticide in a park in 2018.
The city deserves praise for its restraint, which will hopefully continue in 2019.
The new almost-pesticide-free policy has paid off for native annual plants on our roadsides, which are now lush with the native Claytonia, pictured. Great job Davis!