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Caltrans sprays herbicides along Highway 84

Original post made on Jun 14, 2014

Residents of rural San Mateo County who oppose the roadside spraying of herbicides to control weeds were upset to find out recently that a fight they thought they had won in 2012 when the county ordered a stop to most spraying isn't really over.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, June 14, 2014, 11:17 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Patty Mayall, a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jun 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Thank you, Barbara Wood and The Almanac ! Caltrans' "notifications" for roadside spraying lack the most important information and the most important function : WHAT they were spraying which I later was told by Caltrans' Gidget Navarro was Milestone VM ; and TIME for residents on and for all who use Hwy. 84 to know of and to avoid the toxic exposure. Responsible Notification is ON ROAD visible signs posted at least 3-5 days prior to, during, and after herbicide applications. The best solution is to NOT spray and to just MOW which they have to do anyway. Caltrans needs to follow the lead of the SMC Resolution and stop spraying our roadsides !

Posted by Jennifer Heit, a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jun 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm

How frustrating it feels to have won the fight against spraying county roads only to have state roads sprayed.
Mow! Mow! Mow!

Posted by Anneliese, a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2014 at 6:46 am

I thought we were done with this issue in 2012? Sigh.

Posted by Sue, a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Spraying toxics just as more summer visitors and tourists travel Hwy. 84 to go to camps, beaches, and weekend lodgings--wow, what planning on the part of Caltrans. I'm sure the travelers have no idea of the potential risk to themselves and their pets.

Posted by musical, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2014 at 1:19 am

But the wild blackberries are still safe to eat, right?

Posted by Sybille, a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jun 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Mow or get goats to eat the stuff. NO spraying!!!

Posted by Sheri, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

There are many other ways to deal with weeds. Toxic chemicals should be a thing of the past in San Mateo county. Can our supervisors deal with the state on this issue?

Posted by Taam, a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Jun 17, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Mowing is very labor intensive, least effective and many grasses grow back if cut prior to going to seed. Mowing poses a fire danger by conducting heat from friction and poor spark arrestors. More harmful pollution comes for the exhaust of a Subaru than chemical intervention.

Posted by Rhea, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Caltrans broadcast spraying of herbicides on Highway 1 to La Honda was an unnecessary risk to the health of the people, animals and plants that live there. Mowing is a more appropriate and safe way of managing the situation. I hope that Caltrans will follow the progressive lead of San Mateo County and stop this unsafe practice!

Posted by Amy, a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Jun 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I was at the hearing where it was determined that there would be no more spraying. What happened?!?! I live up on Skyline and am vehemently opposed to the spraying of toxins where I raise my children and my food. And the use of broadcast spraying is indefensible.

I would like some answers from Caltrans.

Posted by Signage, a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Why don't the Residents put up permanent "No Spray" signs? Then Cal Trans couldn't do this sneak attack. I'd be really pissed.

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