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Cochran Supports Pesticide-Free Parks

February 16, 2017, 8:00 AM HST
* Updated February 16, 10:16 AM
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Councilmember Elle Cochran urges support for a proposal from the county Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct soil analysis and training towards organic land management on select county parks. Courtesy photo.

Councilmember Elle Cochran urges support for a proposal from the county Department of Parks and Recreation to conduct soil analysis and training towards organic land management on select county parks, her office announced yesterday.

The proposal would accept a donation from nonprofit Beyond Pesticides to evaluate microbial activity and soil composition at four diverse county parks, then recommend economically viable, pesticide-free alternatives for turf maintenance.

Councilmember Cochran said she commends the department’s direction on the proposal and looks forward to helping expedite the required council approval of such donation.

“I am pleased we’re considering a step towards safer, more eco-friendly operations in our parks, which includes training for a potential transition plan,” Councilmember Cochran said. “Immediate council action would allow the parks department to implement the proposal in coordination with Beyond Pesticides’ schedule.”

According to Councilmember Cochran, Beyond Pesticides officials said the nonprofit has conducted similar tests in other jurisdictions nationwide and has a busy schedule in the summer months across the country.

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“We might miss a golden opportunity here, and I want to help get this going,” she said.

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The proposal is before the council at its meeting on Friday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. in Council Chamber. The council may consider adoption of the resolution if they vote to waive committee referral of the matter. The item is County Communication 17-100, which can be reviewed online.

Testimony may be emailed to [email protected].

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