City of Reno beginning pesticide free pilot program
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — A pesticide free training took place at Reno City Hall Tuesday. City officials learned alternative ways to keep Reno parks green, but with more natural products.
“We just want to get out ahead of the curve, to the extent we can, and protect our citizens,” said Reno Councilwoman Naomi Duerr.
The city of Reno is implementing a pesticide free pilot program at Reno parks. “We have 86 parks in Reno and what we are doing is moving out with 12 of them on a trial basis, experimental basis, to see if we can go pesticide free.”
Instead, parks will use more natural soil. Duerr believes the program is vital to our community. “We’re learning more about the impacts of chemicals both on our soil and on people, we want our parks to be as welcoming and safe as possible, and it’s a city council initiative.”
Duerr says the main goal of the program is to make Reno parks safer and more natural for kids to play in. “I think that would be wonderful, if they can find a way to do it more naturally and keep our parks still green and playable with playable surfaces, I think that would be wonderful,” said local mom Morningstar Helvey.
Beyond Pesticides, a non-profit group, explained to officials about the dangers of using chemicals. “We’re concerned about elevated rates of asthma in children and learning disabilities, and autism and long term effects such as cancer,” said Jay Feldman.