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HAHA! Organic herbicide sprayed in landscape beds in Kershaw Park and the City Pier was ineffective

By Mike Murphy mmurphy@messengerpostmedia.com
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at 7:26 AM
Updated Sep 15, 2017 at 7:26 AM

Parks staff are dealing with more weeds and pest damage a year into the moratorium
CANANDAIGUA — The first year of a five-year moratorium on the use of pesticides in city parks is up.
And city parks staff are having to deal with more weeds and pests, according to a memo prepared by parks staff and the Department of Public Works.
City Council is now weighing a lifting of the moratorium, which was narrowly approved last June, and instead would rely on an Integrated Pest Management program that was in use previously. A motion to repeal the moratorium was OK’d by a 3-1 vote at council’s environmental parks committee Tuesday night.
An organic herbicide sprayed in landscape beds in Kershaw Park and the City Pier was ineffective, according to Jim Sprague, director of public works for the city.
Northeast Park also is showing signs of heavy grub damage, leaving a thin and weak turf that creates safety issues for those who use the athletic fields there, according to the report.
“This has not worked very well,” Sprague said at the committee meeting.
Also, parks staff members worked more hours to control weeds than they did when the pesticide Roundup was applied, which costs three times less than the cost of the herbicide, according to Parks Maintenance Supervisor Dick Gates.
“And it doesn’t work,” Gates said.

The report stops short of recommending the moratorium’s end, but does say keeping it in place will change the way city parks look and are maintained.

Councilmember Matt Martin said the moratorium was a bad idea when it was voted on and it still is, in calling for a repeal.
“I don’t want to see us lose any of our assets or resources,” Martin said. “I don’t want to see anybody getting hurt.”
City Councilmember Anita Twitchell, a proponent of the moratorium, said other methods — different landscaping or different herbicides among them — should be tried rather than “scrap” the idea as soon “we hit bumps in the road.”
“Let’s be willing to stick with it awhile, like we promised we would,” Twitchell said.
The former pest management program, which was instituted in 2010, does call for the limited use of pesticides and notes their application, on average, is done every five years. The program was completed with the assistance of Cornell University turf management researchers and the city needs to rely on the advice of experts, said Councilmember David Whitcomb.
“I don’t believe the way we used pesticides in the past or the way staff will use in the future … is really that outside the norm or dangerous,” Whitcomb said.

 

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Dianne Saxe |Environmental Lawyer | 2 Sides to Environmentalist Reality | Us and Us

1st Side –  Precautionary Principle Disregarded

Wind opponents have struggled, unsuccessfully, to prove that wind farms cause adverse health effects. In Bovaird, they tried to fill that gap with opinions from a non-practicing Australian physician, a sound engineer, and an Ontario orthopedic surgeon.

2nd Side – Precautionary Principle Applied

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Contradictions | Gideon Forman | Ontario Pesticide ban working well ?| Aaron Todd Urban Stream Water Study | Save the Bees

Gideon Forman, Edmonton Journal

Published: Monday, March 17

Re: "Pesticides scrutinized," Ted Menzies, Letters, March 14

When it comes to pesticides, we should indeed examine the science, which shows Ontario's lawn and garden pesticide ban works well. A Ministry of Environment study found that, following introduction of that province's pesticide prohibition, concentrations of some pesticides in urban streams went down as much as 97 per cent.

The ban also protects bees, whose contribution to our food supply is absolutely essential. It has also helped protect our drinking water and food. Such a ban in Edmonton would have similar benefits.

Executive director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment Gideon Forman

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Contradictions | Meg Sears | Palsen Park / West Carleton High School Ottawa | Sustainable Turf Care Failure

Pesticides are toxic and  persistent and are harming our children. They are
unnecessary and counter-productive, killing beneficial organisms. 
Don't be fooled by this ploy, putting in place a quick, toxic "fix" that
won't even work. Ask for the real solution to the problem.

Sincerely,
Meg Sears
832-2806

ps My niece in BC plays soccer on an "all weather"
field of gravel throughout their rainy winter.

Palsen Park 2014 – Weed Infested, Dried Out Organic Park

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