Menlo Park looks at changing pesticide policy

City to test non-synthetic herbicide

In the wake of residents' concerns about Menlo Park's spraying of a synthetic herbicide called "Roundup," the city is working on updating its pesticide use policy, which was first developed 16 years ago.

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Posted by Ann Marie P
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm

I posted an idea this morning as an alternative to spraying my street with toxic chemicals to kill weeds. I have excess succulents and will be willing to weed and plant them on my street, so weeds are removed and choked out by low water plants.

I asked my neighbors to find out the area they were going to test spraying on Chilco and weed it with me and plant succulents. I think taking our street into our own hands makes more sense.

As I stated there, I would rather weed and plant than let someone decide to poison my neighbors, pets and street. Feel free to join our effort to resolve this problem more safely, as a community. This is about as grass roots as it gets!

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 2, 2014 at 5:25 pm

While were at it lets ban leaf blowers. We all know the noise is obnoxious. But the fumes from the prevalent use of gas powered blowers by contract gardeners fills our air and homes with dangerous chemicals which we end up breathing. Then there's all the dust, pollen, pesticides, chemicals, auto and truck residue and even the resulting diesel dust from the trains that they blow onto neighboring properties and into our homes and even directly into our lungs.

Buy a rake folks.

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