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Mpls. committee member pushing for pesticide free parks

Park board leaders say they're responsible and always limit their pesticide use.

There's nothing quite like Minnehaha Falls.

"As good as it gets," said Donna Jameson of St. Louis Park. "Place that everybody should be able to enjoy."

Some are concerned these days about pesticide use and the harm it may be causing.

"Right on the water that's not supposed to be used on water and not used around kids," said Russ Henry, chair of the Pesticide Advisory Committee.

He says a pesticide called Garlon containing the ingredient Triclopyr was used to treat poison ivy at Minnehaha Park recently.

"This pesticide was used right where kids play," said Henry.

Park Board leaders say they used a very small amount of the approved pesticide. Jeremy Barrick, assistant superintendent for environmental
stewardship says there was an error during application.

"Where we had some drift, other plants were impacted," said Barrick.

Russ is now pushing for all parks to be pesticide free.

"People would feel safe in the parks," said Henry.

In response to Russ's concerns Park Board leaders say they're responsible and always limit their pesticide use.

"For over 20 years the park board has been focused on reducing our use," said Barrick.

He says there's already a ban on glyphosate which is commonly found in Roundup.

Barrick says other approved pesticides may be needed.

"6800 acres, noxious weed law. People are going to have some expectations. We want people to recreate in our parks without coming in contact with
poison ivy," said Barrick.

Russ plans to bring his concerns to the Park Board next week.

Park Board leaders have more information on pesticide use on their website. 

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