PETITION TO CREATE AN ORDINANCE TO BAN THE USE OF ROADSIDE HERBICIDES
Please sign our petition to ask the Jefferson County commissioners to pass an ordinance to ban the use by county employees, contractors, and volunteers the use of all herbicides and pesticides along Jefferson County roadsides.
There are two petitions referenced on the web page.
- One petition is being circulated in our county and is available for signatures. Please be on the lookout for our volunteers and support this important process.
- Another petition is available online through CHANGE.ORG and a link to the online petition is provided below along with wording provided on that petition. We will collect the signatures from this petition and present them to the Jefferson County Commissioners.
Once we have enough signatures that we believe will impress the commissioners, then we will attend a commissioners meeting and present our petitions. We need to show the county commissioners that there are people in our community concerned with the issues.
WORDING FOR PETITION BEING CIRCULATED IN OUR COUNTY BY VOLUNTEERS
Here is the wording for the petition being circulated in our Jefferson County communities.
“We, the members of Jefferson County Ecological Roadsides, and the undersigned, hereby petition the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners to adopt the following ordinance:
“No herbicides, pesticides or other chemicals shall
We do petition for the following reasons:
–There has been a 33-year moratorium on spraying of herbicides in Jefferson County on all County roads.
–The Jefferson County Noxious Weed Control Board began spraying in 2010 without public knowledge or input.
–The Puget Sound ecological region, including Port Townsend Bay, has been deemed ecologically sensitive for shellfish, salmon, amphibians, as well as humans.
–The state of Washington is in the process of restricting the use of pesticides (which includes herbicides) due to bee and pollinator colony collapse, salmon and other animal habitat destruction and human health concerns.
–Pesticides (including herbicides) have been found in Washington State watersheds and these chemicals have been found to be detrimental to human, animal and habitat health.”
PLEASE SIGN OUR CHANGE.ORG ONLINE PETITION
Wording found on Change.org petition
“Jefferson County Washington is located on the pristine and ecological sensitive Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Use of toxic chemicals on county roadways had been stopped 30 years ago. Recently the county weed board and county commissioners have resumed using toxic herbicides along county roadsides and right of ways. We are asking that an ordinance against such practices be put in place so that all concerned parties stop this dangerous practice. At stake is the health of humans, salmon and other wild life, fragile native plants, streams and water supplies, organic farming, and all of nature. Please sign this petition to help us create this ordinance to stop the harmful practice of using herbicides on roadsides. Check out our website at http://www.nosprayjeffco.com for more information“