The vast majority of the areas treated with pesticides are used by children (especially schools and playing fields). That is why we are asking our school district and Wilsonville’s City leaders to make children’s health their priority over weed control.
Hazardous exposure can be accumulative and is not limited to contact with land: It occurs through air and water, too, as a pesticide application moves off the treated site and spreads in air currents and water runoff to neighboring properties and waterways.
During the 2016-2017 reporting year, the City applied: Roundup Pro (glyphosate), Speed Zone (Active Ingredient 2,4-D); and Pendulum 2G (active Ingredient pendimethalin) just to name a few. This information was extracted from the Annual Stormwater Permit Report that is submitted to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
From June 2013 to December 2017, the Lowrie Primary School has been treated with Roundup Pro Max (glyphosate) for weed abatement and Dicamba and 2,4-D on the turf field and landscape grass to remove clover.
Villebois Arbor HOA Landscape Company uses Ranger Pro (active Ingredient glyphosate) to kill weeds and Wisdom TC Flowable (active Ingredient bifenthrin) used for control of the European Crane Fly.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says that there is no safe level of pesticide exposure for children. Pesticides are toxic chemicals - poisons created to kill. They are dangerous for all living things, including adults and pregnant women, and are particularly dangerous for a child’s developing organ systems.
“The major challenge with showing that a chemical causes cancer in humans [as opposed to animals] is that the cancer typically develops many years after exposure,” says Non Toxic advisor, Bruce Blumberg, PhD. University of California, Irvine professor of developmental and cell biology, and professor of pharmaceutical sciences.
"By allowing children to be exposed to toxins or chemicals of unknown toxicity, we are unwittingly using our children in a massive experiment," says Non Toxic advisor, Bruce Lanphear, professor of health sciences, Simon Fraser University, Canada
In March 2015, the World Health Organization declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a probable human carinogen. Despite this grave warning, the City of Wilsonville, the School District, and HOA landscaping company continue to spray Roundup in the places where children play.
2,4-D is one of the key ingredients in Agent Orange.
Scientific studies show that 2,4-D applied to lawns drift and is tracked indoors where it settles in dust, air, and surfaces and may remain for up to a year in carpets. (Nishioka, M., et al. 1996. “Measuring lawn transport of lawn-applied herbicide acids from turf...” Env Science Technology, 30:3313-3320; Nishioka, M., et al. 2001. “Distribution of 2,4-D in Air and on Surfaces Inside Residences...”Environmental Health Perspectives 109(11).
Also alarming, the interactions between the many chemicals being sprayed near our homes and in our parks are unknown. According to David Bellinger, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, “Impacts from multiple chemicals may simply add up, amplify one another's effects.”
This issue affects every person and pet in Wilsonville. We are asking Wilsonville's City Council, School Board, and Villebois Arbor HOA landscaping company leaders to immediately stop the use of all toxic pesticides and switch to proven organic methods that are cost comparable and require 80% less water. You can find this information on our partners website www.nontoxicIrvine.org
Harvard University, City of Irvine, CA, and The Irvine Unified School District all have successfully switched to organic landscaping practices. Other cities across the U.S. are banning the use of toxic pesticides, and we would like to see Wilsonville join in this endeavor. The City of Irvine has demonstrated you can have beautiful parks, playing fields and lawns that meet community expectations without the use of toxic pesticides.
Please send an email to tell these leaders that you want them to stop allowing these toxic landscaping practices. It should be a basic human right for a child to play in a park and not be exposed to toxic pesticides.
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School Superintedent Kathy Ludwig
Director of Operations Tim Woodley
School Board Member Regan Molatore
School Board Member Dylan Hydes
School Board Member Ginger Fitch
School Board Member Chelsea Martin
School Board Member Betty Reynolds
Mayor Tim Knapp
City Council President Scott Starr
City Councilor Susie Stevens
City Councilor Charlotte Lehan
City Councilor Kristin Akervall
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