Safe Grow Montgomery’s Request for Action

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:16pm

The Concern: Protection from toxic lawn pesticides

"Taking deep breath in anticipation of the busy holiday season? We’re breathing a sigh of relief for the only few months each year when we’re less likely to breathe toxic lawn pesticides, or be exposed through direct or second­hand contact.
 
And we’re feeling especially grateful that Councilmember Leventhal and co-sponsors Elrich, Floreen, Navarro and Reimer introduced the Protection from Pesticides Bill 52­14, which will protect human health, pets, wildlife and the streams that feed our Potomac River drinking supply and the Chesapeake Bill 52­14 would end the non­essential use of pesticides on lawns and maintained grass, with exceptions for invasive species, noxious weeds, agriculture and golf courses.
 
Even for those of us who don’t use lawn pesticides, on a typical day from March through November, we’re likely to be exposed to dangerous chemicals put on grass along sidewalks, at playgrounds, school bus stops, public bus stops, parking lot medians, shopping centers, community concert venues, office buildings, medical complexes, swimming pools, ballfields, neighborhood green spaces, libraries, church and anywhere else lawns If your holiday wish includes the right to avoid an entire source of toxic exposure all year long — Support Bill 52­14. The Montgomery County Council is surely hearing from the pesticide industry who have full­time paid organizers behind them. We have each other to rely on. Please act now!
 
TWO WAYS TO SUPPORT BILL 52­14:
 
1. Speak your mind at the public hearing in January, or attend in support. If you are interested in speaking, please send an e­mail to info@safegrowmontgomery.org and we’ll make sure you have the information you need to register.
 
2. Write to the Council Members in support of Bill 52­14 "County.Council@montgomerycountymd.gov" with Subject: Vote in favor of Bill 52­14"