for Pesticide Reduction
The Campaign for Pesticide
Reduction Maple Ridge (CPR!MR),
an ad hoc citizens' group supported by the CEED
Centre, is partnering with the District
of Maple Ridge to educate citizens about alternatives
for pesticides used cosmetically. In
December 2006, Maple Ridge became the 124th Canadian
municipality to enact a pesticide control bylaw (“Pesticide Use Control Bylaw No. 6413 – 2006”). The partners are currently working to create a province-wide education program called CanadaGrowSmart, which will feature an enhanced website, a pesticide alternatives hotline and an outreach program.
Every time you apply a synthetic pesticide to your lawn or garden, you expose your family, neighbours, pets, fish, beneficial insects and wildlife to harmful chemicals.
In 2004, more than 3,500 people in Maple Ridge signed a petition asking for restrictions on cosmetic pesticide use. More than 50 local physicians similarly called for these restrictions in petitions signed in 2005.
WHERE TO GET HELP
Click the links at the left for pesticide alternatives. We will be adding pest specific information in the future, so come back regularly to check our offerings. If you don't get your questions answered, contact us.
We gratefully acknowledge funding from the following sponsors.
Some information is excerpted, with permission, from a website published by the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program, King County, Washington, USA.