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Complaint about creekside spraying draws quick response in Menlo Park

Original post made on Mar 19, 2015

Sometimes local government does work. Menlo Park responded this week to a motorist's report of seeing herbicide spraying near a local creek by tracking down the culprit and immediately restricting future spraying in the city. The resident wants even more restrictions, however.

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Posted by MenloJim
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 19, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Now we just need the City of East Palo Alto to adopt a similar policy. EPA, or their contractor, apparently sprayed roundup on their San Francisquito Creek bank along Woodland Avenue between Euclid Avenue and Manhattan Avenue a few weeks ago.

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Posted by Margo
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Mar 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Menlo Park should restrict the use of Roundup everywhere, not just near waterways and schools. Rainwater and excess sprinkling will also wash RU into the sewer system and into the bay. This goes for all pesticides and herbicides (remember Agent Orange and all the deformed babies we left in Viet Nam?). We should be gardening organically, using companion planting---plants that noxious insects don't like.

Not only do these chemicals do incredible environmental damage, but also they are killing the bees. In the past spring has brought hundreds of bees to my plants. Now I am blessed if I see 10. My yard is totally bee friendly, but neighbors use chemicals and the bees don't understand. When the bees are gone, so will our backyard vege gardens and fruit trees be gone.

Please, Menlo Park, investigate this and find out how to grow our trees without damage to the environment.

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Posted by oakleaf
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Mar 19, 2015 at 4:25 pm

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Great that Menlo Park responded to their residents' complaints. I hope they heed their policies better than Caltrans heeded the San Mateo County Supervisors' ban on herbicide spraying on Skyline and 84.

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 19, 2015 at 7:36 pm

This stuff is poison to bees, kids, our planet and future. Yet our City uses thousands of gallons of it every year in our parks and now evidently by the creek. Shame on our City and it's leaders who are more concerned with giving millions to developers in tax breaks than taking care of residents and wildlife.

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Mar 19, 2015 at 10:33 pm

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Posted by chicken little
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Mar 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm

good grief! more alarmist reactions to roundup. try reading the label sometime. at the mixture used for weed control it doesnt kill fish or birds or bees. It just kills weeds, with no residual effect after about 1 day. im sure gluten is worse for you than this stuff lol! cmon with the agent orange and deformed babies, were all a little more informed than we were about these chemicals today than we were in 1965! and we wear seat belts now too. agent orange, you are hilarious! the sky is definitly not falling. im totally good with toundup use, anybody else.

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Posted by Michelle Daher
a resident of another community
on Mar 20, 2015 at 9:29 am

My name is Michelle Daher. I work for the City of East Palo Alto managing the city's environmental programs. This comment is to clear up a comment pertaining to the City of East Palo Alto's purported use of sprays around San Francisquito Creek.
The City of East Palo Alto has an internal policy NOT to spray around San Francisquito Creek, Cooley Landing, and the local levee system. Any weed control around the creek is conducted by the City with a hand tool or weed whacker. Furthermore, it is the internal policy of the City to sparsely use Roundup-Pro Max with use limited at local parks, only as needed for spot-treatment, and along City medians. Our maintenance staff handles all spraying and does not contract this effort out except for managing pests at public buildings, for which we rely on our contract with the company Terminix to provide spot-only spraying. We have an Integrated Pest Management Policy which we adhere to and have found even our contractor has managed to significantly reduce the reliance on pestides and herbicides through IPM efforts. We are proud of this!

The City does have private land owners around San Francisquito Creek owning a significant portion of the bank of the creek. It is possible that a spraying has been conducted without the City's knowledge or direction. Any questions of this matter pertaining to East Palo Alto can be directed to me at (replace the "at" with "@"). Thank you.