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Florence Fields Herbicide Assessment

Florence Fields Herbicide Assessment

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To:
Mayor
David
J.
Narkewicz
From:
Wayne
Feiden,
Director
of 
Planning
and
Development
Ann
Mario
Moggio,
Director
of 
Recreation
RE:
Florence
Fields
Date:
August
19,
2013
This
memo
is
in
response
to
your
inquiry
about
the
possible
application
of 
the
herbicide
Roundup
at
Florence
Fields.

Florence
Fields,
like
most
of 
the
city’s
lands,
is
managed
for
long
term
sustainability.

This
includes
promoting
healthy
lifestyles
while
minimizing
erosion
and
sedimentation,
energy,
water,
and
resource
use,
and
the
release
of 
toxic
chemicals.
Northampton,
of 
course,
needs
to
balance
its
resources
and
make
sure
that
we
are
providing
our
tax
payers
with
the
biggest
return
on
their
tax
dollars.

The
city,
formally
or
informally,
generally
uses
a
lifecycle
approach,
to
consider
both
long
and
short
term
costs
of 
an
approach
so
that
we
are
considering
all
of 
the
costs
of 
any
given
decision.

Hopefully,
investments
in
reducing
the
use
of 
toxics
are
made
in
areas
where
such
reduction
has
the
greatest
effect
on
human
and
environmental
health.
Herbicides
of 
any
kind
can
pose
toxic
risks
and
need
to
be
considered
carefully
and
minimized.

A
single
application
of 
Roundup
to
Florence
Fields
one
year
before
the
field
is
being
used
poses
no
significant
risk
to
human
or
environmental
health.

Any
investment
in
replacing
this
application
would
go
far
further
in
other
areas.

It
is
our
understanding
that
the
contractor
will
be
applying
Roundup,
but
the
decision
is
up
to
them
absent
a
contract
change,
since
the
contractor
is
responsible
for
their
construction
methods.
Total
Environmental
Footprint
Sustainability
requires
us
to
consider
the
entire
environmental
footprint
and
not
 just
focus
on
any
one
aspect.

The
city,
using
state
grants
and
CPA
funds,
is
making
significant
sustainability
investments
at
Florence
Fields
to
minimize
our
entire
environmental
footprint:
1.
 
The
recreation
area
will
promote
the
health
of 
the
community
by
encouraging
exercise.
2.
 
Sidewalks
will
extend
connect
to
existing
sidewalks
on
Spring
Street
and
Meadow
Street
to
maximize
the
pedestrian
and
bicycle
mode
share.
3.
 
The
site
will
use
solar
photovoltaic
panels
to
ensure
it
uses
net
zero
energy.
4.
 
The
site
has
a
drilled
well,
so
that
all
irrigation
needs
are
met
on
site
and
not
use
city
treated
water.
5.
 
The
city
added
5,000±
cubic
yards
of 
compost/organic
material
to
the
soil
to
augment
soil
fertility
and
support
a
rich
turf,
which
is
the
most
effective
way
to
minimize
the
need
for
future
chemicals.
6.
 
DPW’s
management
practice
is
that
herbicide
treatment
in
irrigated
fields
(like
Florence
Fields)
is
limited
to
pre
emergent
crab
grass
control
and
no
insecticide
is
used
in
playing
fields.
7.
 
DPW
will
meet
in
September
to
explore
organic
turf 
management
at
Florence
Fields
and
quantify
the
financial
costs
and
operational
tradeoffs.

8.
 
We
are
making
site
improvements
onsite
(drainage
system)
and
off 
site
(rehabilitation
of 
the
Mill
River
buffer)
maximize
the
physical,
chemical
and
biological
capture
and
treatment
of 
runoff,
including
organic
and
inorganic
fertilizers
and
herbicides.

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