Parks and Recreation : Rella Abernathy (member of Beyond Pesticides) IPM Coordinator from Boulder Colorado (May 2012) talks about the success of her Non Toxic Approach to Pesticide Free Green Space. She Claims Pesticides are linked to Cancer.
Parks and Recreation Director : Cathy Metz from Durango Colorado (Aug 2012) talks about the Garbage Dump Like conditions of Boulder Colorado Green Spaces.
Durango Cost differential of 0.002 cents per square foot for Organic Fertilizer Products $102,000.00 .
Durango Turf Grass Manual Labor, Dumping Costs for weed debris = $237,000
Durango Cost for Synthetic Weed and Feed Product = $32,000 per year.
Boulder Colorado Facts from Parks and Recreation IPM Coordinator Rella Abernathy.
IPM Program started in 1993
80 Percent weeds in Parks Turf Grass
They Still Apply Pesticides in their open space
Treat Trees as needed with Pesticides
Turf Does not look Good.
Public complaints about Dandelions Blooming in Spring
Lost a significant amount of Turf in Drought of 2002
I don't think Boulder is an example that we want to follow
I believe we have an opportunity in Durango to set the bar higher.
My and City Managers recommendation to Deny Ordinance.
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