The town of Moraga has posted a notice on its website (http://www.moraga.ca.us) informing readers of weed control activities on Mulholland Ridge Open Space this Wednesday (tomorrow) and Thursday. Roundup Pro will be used.
As someone who lives beneath the area being sprayed (and as a concerned citizen in general), I feel it’s important that more folks are made aware of the spraying. As there’s rain in the forecast for Thursday, this matter is more vital than ever. The spraying should be delayed, if not canceled outright.
Roundup is a prime suspect in the decline of amphibian species and may be affecting the bee and dragonfly population, as well. The following page has some interesting observations, as well as links to other related studies:
The law of unintended consequences is key here, and this issue is as important as that of the (recently restricted) use of rodent poison.
For those of us who live below the area where the spraying is done — and, really, anyone else who is concerned about the environment — this is an concern due to runoff. We have frogs and salamanders living in our backyard, and we’d like to keep them (and the native predators who eat them) healthy.
And if folks don’t care about amphibians and bugs, how about humans?
Everything we put in and on our yards and lawns goes somewhere. It gets into the groundwater, and runs off into curbside grates. Some of that runoff ends up in the San Leandro reservoirs — part of EBMUD’s water delivery system. In this regard, Mulholland Ridge and Orinda Oaks park can be considered watershed.
The USDA should have legislated a moratorium on Roundup’s use long ago, pending longer-term studies on its effects on non-target (i.e. anything other than weeds) species. The only reason this hasn’t happened is Monsanto’s potent lobbying — and litigious — power.
If you’d like to comment on Moraga’s use of Roundup, Moraga’s Park and Rec director, Jay Ingram, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Moraga Dept of Public Works’ phone number is 925 888-7026.