In addition Dr. Silbert said he would
like to give the Recreation and Park Department and Mr. Maynard an award on behalf of the Water-
shed Partnership for the best organic town green in Connecticut. No pesticides have been applied to
the Guilford Green for three years.
Mr. Schipani asked what the next step would be. Dr. Silbert replied that he would like the Commission’s support when he presented the natural turf proposal to
DPW and the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Schipani felt the Commission would like to hear both sides of
the story before making a decision, especially as he had heard the program was not so successful in
Cheshire. Dr. Silbert replied that the main football field in Cheshire was overused and so it was not
possible to keep it in good condition.
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"Organic turf is harder than pesticides, you just spray its easy"
"Pesticides Used on Turf Do Not Meet Same Standards as Pesticides Used on Foods"
The Town of Madison testified that it had actually worked with Dr. Jerry Silbert, who opposes any change to the current law, to learn and utilize his "non-toxic" program to pest management. 18 months later, the town is experiencing significant pest problems and has no adequate means to address it.
Associated PressALBANY, N.Y. — Environmental, health and consumer advocacy groups are pushing back against plans by the Cuomo administration to restructure how pesticides are tracked.In a letter to legislative leaders, 38 groups protested a proposal in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget that rolls back a requirement that commercial applicators report where pesticides are used. It would replace that with a new reporting requirement that collects pesticide data at the point of sale.Environmental Advocates and other groups say the changes impede the public's right-to-know about toxic chemicals being used where they live, work and play.Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said at a budget hearing last month that the intent is to make the data more usable and accessible.