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Naomi Duerr

Ask the City to protect open spaces with policy!

Thank you to everyone that showed up to show your support for healthy parks and open spaces at Reno City Public Comment yesterday.

I especially want to thank the couple that made time out of their busy day to share the painful story of the loss of there young son to a form of cancer linked to the use of pesticides/weed killers. This couple has lived in the keystone area community for over 30 years. They have worked hard to build a strong community and get to know everyone that lives there. After their young son got sick with cancer, they started noticing their neighbors were sick as well. This motivated them to keep track of as many neighbors as possible. They learned that clusters of families had sick children and parents as well.  This couple has spent years walking to each home in this large community and getting to know their neighbors. The have a long list of people in this community who are either struggling with cancer and other serious health problems or have lost a loved one. I know it was hard to get up and speak in front of so many people, but your community loves you for your courage and determination.

Our mayor, Hillary Schieve was livid after hearing about the constant pesticide trespass that happens in our city every day and vowed to find a way to stop it. We are meeting in a few weeks to discuss policy to solidify these words.

Also at the public comment were the very people responsible for promoting and training our city employees on how to “safely” use these toxic substances. Big Ag made a huge display at the city council meeting, bringing in the big retail giants, public works crew members, Future “farmers” of America, a local gmo dairy producer, a teacher from the UNR Agro department, a local dietitian, as well as the Nevada Department of Agriculture bringing in 5 of their very best.

Each made a plea for the safety and wonderful uses for these chemicals. The UNR teacher professed his devotion to big ag, speaking about the thousands of studies showing the safety and benefits of using pesticides. He failed to mention, those 3000+ studies were done by the very chemical companies that produce and make BILLIONS of dollars from cities, counties and other municipalities that purchase synthetic fertilizers and pesticides from them each year. View some highlights from their evangelists for chemical industry here.

Our very own Public Works director shocked us all with his comments (see video above). He stated that “We (city of Reno public works) do not use pesticides. How could the director of public works not know that his own employees spray with toxic herbicides everyday?

Sandy Rowley, founder of BeeHabitat.com, summed up all the points made by the chemical industry and corrected the inconsistencies they shared with validated facts easily found online at the CDC, USDA, FDA and World Health Organization websites.

Cory Frey, local citizen who was sprayed in the face accidentally by a city employee, and Lisa Hill, a local member of the community, made awesome points that really made the council sit up and take notice. So much so that they all agreed to help the community keep their open spaces organically managed without toxic pesticides.

City council really listened to our comments and offered real world solutions, even asking Jana Vanderhaar if she would volunteer her time to train city public works employees on best practices in managing land without toxic chemicals. Jana has over 20 years experience in organic land care.

Our mayor and city council were very supportive of our requests and agreed to meet with us next week to discuss implementing policy to protect open space and park areas within Reno from future pesticide miss use.

Please call your city council and thank them for caring about the health of their community.

Mayor and Council:

Hillary Schieve <schieveh@reno.gov>

Neoma Jardon <jardonn@reno.gov>  ****our Ward 5 council person****

Naomi Duerr <duerrn@reno.gov> announced the pesticide-free park initiative

David Bobzien <bobziend@reno.gov> lives in our neighborhood

Jenny Brekhus <brekhusj@reno.gov>

Oscar Delgado <delgadoo@reno.gov>

Paul McKenzie <mckenziep@reno.gov>

City Liasions:

Learn more how other cities in the USA and around the world are switching to organic land management here.
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City of Reno Pesticide Free Parks

Reno Nevada Working towards Pesticide free!

Sandy Rowley, a local activist, worked for the better part of a year to educate local authorities on pollinator friendly alternatives to managing school playgrounds, parks and public spaces.

She secured a national non profit, Beyond Pesticides and their experts in organic land care to train over 45 municipalities throughout Northern Nevada. KUNR Story here.

Currently we have these locations in a transition period for organic land care:

State Capitol Building for Nevada

State Legislature Nevada

3 large use public parks in Carson City Nevada

13 large use parks in Reno Nevada

2 large use parks in Sparks Nevada

1 Elementary School in Sparks Nevada

1 Elementary School in Fernley Nevada

Working on 60 schools in the state of Wisconsin

Mt. Rose Pesticide Free Pollinator Corridor

Washoe Valley Pesticide Free Pollinator Corridor

and several other pesticide free and organic land care projects in the works.

Sandy Rowley is an independent contractor available for hire to create pollinator friendly marketing initiatives, education, public speaking and healthy partnerships to create sustainable eco systems. 775 453 6120

KTVN Channel 2 – Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video –

http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/City-of-Reno-Introduces-Pesticide-Free-Parks-Program-329295281.html

http://www.ktvn.com/story/30111276/city-of-reno-introduces-pesticide-free-parks-program

http://www.ktvn.com/story/30107841/city-of-reno-introduces-pesticide-free-parks-program

 

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Pesticide Free Training for Northern Nevada!

history in the making for nevadaPlease see attached location and agenda for the pesticide free training at city hall. You must RSVP with the form link below to reserve your seats! Download Flyer here: Pesticide Free Training in Reno.

Download Agenda for Pesticide Free Parks training here.

We are confirmed for the training on Tuesday, July 28 in Council Chambers at Reno City Hall (1 E. First Street, Reno, NV 89501).

Check in will occur from 8-8:30 a.m. The city will have coffee and light snacks during that time.

The training will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch to be served at 12 p.m.

Please RSVP with the link below or call Sandy @ 775 453 6120 to reserve your seat.

Can’t make the class? No worries, click here to get a copy of the course materials and information.

Here is the link to the online RSVP form: http://bit.ly/1M8j083

Sandy Rowley
BeeHabitat.com
775 453 6120

City Sample Management Plans Here.

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Meeting with City of Reno and Washoe County

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Here is a short agenda of the items I will discuss tonight:

Please RSVP to meet with us at: 1:30, August 26, 3101 Longley Lane, Reno. Call 775 453 6120. 

Pesticide Free Parks

Group document you can add to here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t0u2W16_EPymFRtglyiPf77RDl3cTj8d91bbr6SADm4/edit#

What are we asking from Reno and Washoe county parks department?

We are asking for Pesticide Free Parks, Bee Habitats throughout the city and transparency in regards to what, where, who, why, when and how much does it cost (or who got paid how much) to treat with pesticides in Washoe County and City of Reno Nv.

1. we need to know what is being sprayed, where, why, when, by who and how much? this information needs to be public and shared between each department and the public online. can easily be added to an online map where the public and local authorities can better track the life of these chemicals in our water, land and public areas.

2. we need protected areas at city and county parks that are pesticide free. marked as such. this needs to be an ordinance and/or law.’

3. notification alert system:  when a chemical is going to be used: we need to know when, why, where, who, how much? sent via email, text, phone call and/or with media outlets.

4.  what date can we start phasing out pesticides? what park will be the first park we convert? how can this be an ordinance/law for Washoe County?

– current trees, shrubs, plants, bushes, flowers that are GMO and/or roundup ready in public areas.

– name of vendor they buy plants, chemicals, supplies from with yearly budget of department.

– how long have they used these pesticides? is their historical data online?

We must use BEE Safe plants as not all are safe.

– Jana V. Permaculture Landscape Designer created plant list and design templates we can use throughout the city. Drought resistant, native and pollinating plants, trees, shrubs and flowers. We have close to 100 volunteers for Bee Habitat and the City has their own volunteers with Boy Scouts of America, Rotary, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, and other organizations.


Future Agenda Items

 

1. presentation with City Council and/or get on Agenda as it was unclear if this is happening. Hillary Schieve at meeting said “someone get with her and her team”…

 

2. washoe county health dept. vector borne division online map alert system. what, who, why, when, where, cost.

 

3. wchd vector borne div. text alert system and better advertising.

 

4. wchd vector borne div. no spray list and better advertising.

 

5. get together to make/build bee and insect hotels. art party! potluck fun.

 

6. install Reno’s first Bee Hotel at Morris Burner Hotel. Other site suggestions.

 

7. choose BeeHabitats first bee habitat location.

 

8. volunteer outreach: list of folks who can call or speak on site with local garden shops, educating them on the benefits of labeling plants that are Bee Safe.

 

9. Audubon Society presentation Sept 27th.

 

10. GMO Free Halloween

 

11. Queen Bee Fashion Show

 

12. 2015 Reno Bee Crawl approval with Reno River District.

 

13. Purchasing vacant lots and land throughout Washoe County and Reno Nv to install bee safe gardens.

 

14. Seed balls and sling shot contest.

 

15. Yearly Spelling Bee.

 

16. Golf courses, HOA, Business Landscapes, Schools and Bee Safe Neighborhoods throughout Washoe County.

 

17. Other ideas? Important News?

 

 

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