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City is Glyphosate-Free

Post Date:08/17/2018 5:00 PM

The City of Novato has discontinued use of all Glyphosate-based products to control weeds on City-owned parks, streets, sidewalks, and medians. The non-chemical strategies now employed by City staff to manage weeds include manual removal, mulching and other best management practices. In 2017, Glyphosate was added to the State of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s Proposition 65 list of suspected carcinogens.

“As a long-time proponent of environmental stewardship, I could not be more pleased that the City has discontinued all use of Glyphosate,” said Mayor Josh Fryday. “The City prides itself on its safe and proper use of chemicals, if there is even the slightest risk of harming the health of our residents, and specifically our children, it is our responsibility to do everything we can and take whatever precautions are available to us to ensure the health and safety of our residents.”

City landscape maintenance crews are also reevaluating traditional plantings in favor of those emphasizing low-water and low-maintenance. Examples include planting alternative ground covers and/or using deep mulch cover as a weed deterrent. In open spaces, goats are sometimes employed to graze down weeds and wild grasses, which helps with creating defensible space in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).   

Annual weeds are prolific throughout Novato and Marin County. The City is actively seeking volunteers to help pull weeds in parks, medians, and other publicly-owned spaces. If you are interested in volunteering with the Novato Streetscape Committee or would like more information about the City’s pest management practices, please email pw@novato.org or call (415) 899-8280.

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