City Forming Plan On Pesticide Use

By Sondra Murphy

While protests are organized against the county’s pesticide programs, the city of Ojai is quietly developing an integrated pest management program that will include a citizen’s advisory committee. Public Works director Mike Culver brought a report about the city’s use of pesticides to the Ojai City Council last week. Culver reported that the city uses herbicides rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as having minimal risk to humans, animals or the environment. Culver added that city staff members who use the herbicides are licensed by the California Department of Pesticide Regulations. According to Culver, the EPA web site refers to any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest as a pesticide, applying the term to herbicides and fungicides. Culver said the city uses treatments with active ingredients of glyphosate, triclopyr and oryzalin believed to pose no threat to human, wildlife or natural habitats, but

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