As we turn the corner to more daylight hours, the pull to enjoy time outdoors is inevitable. I’m always amazed how our parks and open spaces transform during this time of year. The plants and trees seem to spring alive.
Our Public Works team has been busy updating pest management practices and policies. The updates were developed with the guidance of public input, staff collaboration and an audit of best practices from other agencies. I’m proud that our staff made substantial updates to our practices.
We are using an approach known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to weed abatement. The method uses extensive knowledge, about various weed types, environmentally friendly treatment approaches including multiple organic products.
In addition to utilizing the latest organic herbicides, the city’s IPM details bests application practices that protect the public from possible exposure. We understand that many residents are interested in learning more about the city’s pest management practices. We invite you to visit www.rpcity.org/IPM to view our pest management policies, procedures, and pesticide application schedule. We also encourage you to sign up to receive e-mail notifications of Notices of Spraying. Rest assured, as a common practice, we never apply pesticides within playground areas, and all pesticide applications require a 48-hour notification. Posted “caution” signs are always visible at the entry area of application sites.
Interested in being a part of the outdoor conversation? We invite you to apply for a seat on the Parks and Recreations Commission. The commission currently has one vacancy and residents with an interest in parks and recreation programs are encouraged to apply. If you’re more of an outdoor bicycle enthusiast with a passion for bike trails, consider our vacancy on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Both boards are valuable in the decision-making process and help city council set the direction for the community. Visit www.rpcity.org/vacancies to learn more and apply.
On a final note, if Coronavirus news is keeping you from avoiding outdoors, visit socoemergency.org/coronavirus. The County Department of Health Services is keeping their finger on the pulse of Coronavirus facts. They recently launched a Frequently Asked Questions section that is full of resources related to the evolving situation. We encourage you to take a deep breath, stay informed, and be diligent about hand hygiene.