As a founding member of the Pesticide Action Network of Blaine County, I am extremely concerned about the high level of pesticide/herbicide use in our community. I am excited that the city of Ketchum on April 18 considered the policy that the Pesticide Action Network has developed. This policy aims to put in place new ways to manage weeds and insects and still keep our public parks, school grounds and bicycle paths healthy, looking good and safe for all users, most importantly for the children of our community. You can read the proposed policy at www.pesticideactionnetwork.net.
This is a first for the state of Idaho and a great opportunity for our community to protect children and create healthier public spaces for all of us.
I have contacted council members about my unequivocal support for this proposed policy, and I ask each and every person in Ketchum who cares about protecting themselves, the children of the valley and our clean water from the negative toxic effects that pesticides and herbicides pose to do the same. This is the start of something big for our valley.