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Re: Spraying on Alpine

From: Quirion, Jesse T <"Quirion,>
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:36:05 -0700

Janet,

Thank you for the comments. The City's Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) is slated to review the policy next month and we are tentatively schedule to bring the revised policy to the City Council in May. We will include your comments in the discussion for the revised policy.

Jesse T. Quirion
Director of Public Works
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)

On Mar 19, 2015, at 10:23 AM, Janet Davis <jadjadjad_at_(domainremoved)

100 ft. just doesn't do the job! The stuff still flows down to the creek and is lethal to aquatic life and probably violates State laws which your City Attorney needs to research. The spraying that I saw was right adjacent to the creek where there is a ditch that flows directly into San Francisquito. The County has even banned all pesticides along Alpine Road and other areas because they are contiguous to the creek or within the watershed. I am confident that there will be some fall out from environmental groups concerning this.
There also needs to be public notification several days ahead of ANY intention to spray ANY area.

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From: "Quirion, Jesse T" <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
To: Janet Davis <jadjadjad_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: _CCIN <councilmail_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 8:00 AM
Subject: RE: Spraying on Alpine

Janet,

I apologize for the previous inaccurate information. As I stated in my original email it was not City staff spraying, however I was notified yesterday afternoon that the spraying that occurred was performed by the landscape company Gachina who is contracted by the City of Menlo Park. Due to the lack of information about who was spraying, I am from this point forward restricting the use by City Staff and City contractors of any and all pesticides within a 100’ range of waterways, creeks and/or canals and requiring all City contractors to notify City staff in writing at least 24hrs in advance of any uses of pesticides. I agree that the use of pesticides directly adjacent to the canal is unacceptable and I am grateful for you bringing this to our attention so that we are able to address it and prevent it from occurring again.

Last June we also placed a restriction on the use of Round Up within a 100’ range of; daycares, schools, picnic areas and playgrounds and we began a test section for the use and effectiveness of different types of weed abatement treatments which will be presented to the EQC and the City Council in May as part of our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy modifications.

Jesse T. Quirion
Director of Public Works
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744



From: Janet Davis [mailto:jadjadjad_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 3:07 PM
To: Keith, Kirsten; Quirion, Jesse T
Cc: _CCIN; Don Horsley; Lennie Roberts
Subject: Re: Spraying on Alpine

Thanks also but none of this applies to what I and my neighbor saw on March 17

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From: Kirsten Keith <kkeith_at_(domainremoved)
To: "Quirion, Jesse T" <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
Cc: Janet Davis <jadjadjad_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 2:58 PM
Subject: Re: Spraying on Alpine

Hi Jesse,

Thank you for this information. I appreciate it.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, Quirion, Jesse T <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)

Janet & Councilmember Keith,

I have confirmed that this was a not a City of Menlo Park crew. I have also spoken with the City of Palo Alto and confirmed that it was not their crews either. I also have a call into the County of San Mateo and I will respond back once I hear from them.

Stanford has also confirmed that they have not used tankers to spray any pesticides in the area, however they did utilize a tanker truck in this area on Thursday the 12th to apply a liquid fertilizer to a tree. Additionally, PG&E contractors have been using water trucks to spray water on the newly seeded areas near Rural Lane.

Jesse T. Quirion
Director of Public Works
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744

From: councilmember.keith_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 5:46 PM
To: Janet Davis
Cc: _CCIN; Don Horsley; Lennie Roberts
Subject: Re: Spraying on Alpine

May we have clarification on which jurisdiction was doing this? Was it County or City?

On Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Janet Davis <jadjadjad_at_(domainremoved)
This morning I saw a big tanker and a man spraying Round up or some other product on weeds at the junction of Alpine and Junipero Serra RIGHT BY THE CREEK WHERE IT GETS WASHED INTO THE WATER WHEN THERE IS ANY)
Even the county has stopped doing this. This is idiotic. One man (or at least one WOMAN) with a hoe could do the job in half an hour.
Received on Thu Mar 19 2015 - 10:31:09 PDT

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