City Taking Stock of its Use of Herbicides
Prince George, B.C.- It is spring, and that means folks will be applying fertilizers and herbicides to bring their lawns into shape.
The use of herbicides is one of particular concern to at least one local resident who has written to Council saying his wife suffers from allergies to the weed killers. He has called on Council to implement a City wide ban on herbicides in an effort to help all who suffer from allergies to the weed killing chemicals.
There are some communities which have initiated complete bans on herbicides but Councillor Jillian Merrick wants to know more about what Prince George is doing on this front, and how the City can show leadership “Without having to impose a ban City wide on other players.”
The City of Prince George prefers to use prevention and mechanical methods to deal with weeds. This year, the parks department has been given a budget boost to hire more staff over the summer to keep the parks and boulevards clear of weeds. However, the City does use both Round Up and Killex when it comes to weed control. Last year, the City used 4.95 kgs of Round Up and 12.5 kgs of Killex .
The City says the herbicides are not “broadcast” rather, they are spread directly on the weeds. The applications are made at night between 8pm and 5 am. The areas treated are signed 24 hours in advance of the application and the signs remain in place for 48 hours after the application.
Council wants a little more information on the issue, and has asked Administration to bring back a short report on the locations, types and volumes of herbicides used in the past year.