Fertilizer and Pesticide Usage (Phase II Stormwater Permit compliance)
The City’s fertilizer and pesticide programs are designed around a needs-based program based on soil testing and Integrated Pest Management principles as opposed to an application-based program. In comparing 2013 to 2005, despite an increase in acres, the City applied 12% less Nitrogen fertilizer, 86% less Phosphorous, and 26% less Potassium. Herbicides are used for weed control on only approximately 1/3 of our total acres each year, and insecticide use is limited to only our high value sports turf.
Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP)
The Parks and Recreation Department is a participant in this program with the goals of lowering pesticide use and lowering environmental risks. The department joined the program in the spring of 2007.
Established in 1994, the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is an EPA partnership program that works with the nation's pesticide-user community to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. PESP is guided by the principle that partnership programs complement the standards and decisions established by regulatory and registration actions. The informed actions of pesticide users can further reduce the risks from pests and pesticides by playing a major role in ensuring human health and environmental safety.