South Portland plans to educate residents on pesticide ban

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SOUTH PORTLAND — The city is poised to begin outreach efforts to educate residents about the new, far-reaching ban on the use of synthetic pesticides.

The ordinance, passed last week by the City Council, culminated more than a year’s work that was spearheaded by Sustainability Coordinator Julie Rosenbach. 

The ban will prohibit all turf, landscape and outdoor pest management pesticides, except those listed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as “allowed substances.” It will be phased in over three years, starting in 2017. 

The ban will take effect for city property May 1, 2017, expand to the general public May 1, 2018, and apply to the municipal golf course and the privately owned Sable Oaks Golf Club starting May 1, 2019. 

The consequences for violators will not be punitive; the city instead will use educational outreach to bring them into compliance, Rosenbach said Tuesday morning at a press conference. 

Rosenbach and Mayor Tom Blake said they’re hoping a lot of the outreach will take place between neighbors. But residents will also have the option of filing complaints against violators, Blake said.

“We’re not going to rule out … penalties in the long run,” he said, but for now and for the next year, Rosenbach and her seven-member Pest Management Advisory Committee will launch an educational outreach campaign.

Rosenbach said the whole approach will be “to help people learn how” to effectively use organic treatment methods. 

The city will also expect help from pesticide retailers, Rosenbach said. 

Rosenbach and her team will use common methods to disseminate information, such as fliers and posting information on the city website. But they also plan to form partnerships with local organizations to offer workshops and demonstrations, through venues such as the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District, Friends of Casco Bay, and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. 

The cost of outreach and the effort to bring people into compliance is not yet known, but Blake said the council is “prepared to do what we have to do” to ensure the ordinance is upheld. Long-term, he said, it’s a worthy investment. 

Rosenbach said passing the ordinance helped her fulfill the most important tenet of her role as sustainability coordinator, which is to create a healthier, more “resilient” community, both for residents and the land they occupy. 

Blake agreed: “There’s value in a healthy Casco Bay,” he said. 

In the end, Rosenbach said, what the city is really doing is working to “reduce the toxicity in our environment.”

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA

South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.

    In South Portland, Maine, observers have NO objection to government officials’ choice of life-style, which, in this case, is a clear preference to live in an environment that looks like a garbage dump ( a.k.a. naturalized lawns or pesticide-free garden ). However, observers DO object to the imposition of this lifestyle choice on the majority of the community that DOES NOT want to live in this manner. Observers expect that South Portland’s prohibition will make its green spaces into #@!!% ugly and dangerous garbage dumps ! Outside of South Portland, the reckless and arbitrary imposition of Ontario’s prohibition since 2009 has proven NOT in the best interest of health and environment. Sadly, Ontario’s prohibition inflicted garbage dump green spaces. It is a recognized fact that prohibition is unnecessary since pest control products are government-approved, federally-legal, scientifically-safe, practically-non-toxic, and will cause NO harm. No one, either in Ontario or in South Portland, wants to live in #@!!% dangerous and pest-infested urban landscapes that look like garbage dumps !

    Observers now know that prohibitions will inflict catastrophic carnage … • children at high risk of tripping and becoming seriously hurt • dandelions the dominant ground cover • dead mature street trees • hazardous slipping conditions in sports turf • invasive noxious weeds like Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed • lawns decimated by insects like white grubs • lawns in entire neighborhoods ruined by pests • parks infested with weeds • rose plantations dying and removed. This is the catastrophic carnage that can be expected in any community that recklessly and arbitrarily imposed prohibition.

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  • beachmom H

    An attempt at controlling the citizenry and how we live our lives. By the way, most of us don’t want to and don’t harm the environment. We use legally approved products.

    This is also an attempt at justifying the Sustainability Coordinator job.
    That has turned into multiple suggestions that involve controlling our lives, our homes, our businesses.
    Much of it unconstitutional. But, hey, our City Council doesn’t care what we think. All the public commentary is nothing but a stage show. They do what they want regardless of what the voters want.
    Just look at their Clear Skies bulloney.
    The voters turned it down so they brought in out of towners and did it anyway.
    Now they have the legal fund part of the budget up to $600,000 from $150,00 and Gailey is running away from the mess he helped create.

    • Deepcove

      Saw Mr. Gailey out and about in the last week or so, and trust me, he is VERY happy to be clear of this cluster****.

      • beachmom H

        I bet. Mess it up and run away. “WHEW!”