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RM of East St Paul Pesticide Use and The Provincial Non-Essential Pesticide Use Regulation

Posted: June 2, 2017

RM of East St Paul Pesticide Use and The Provincial Non-Essential Pesticide Use Regulation

Over the past few weeks there have been several inquiries from residents regarding the use of pesticides by the municipality to control the over population of dandelions. We would like to provide residents with pertinent information on the use of pesticides within our municipality.

The Provincial Non-Essential Pesticide Use Regulation is still in force and is one of the main factors that determine the RM’s actions and its use of pesticides.  The Provincial Regulation stipulates that the RM cannot spray pesticides along, in, or near parks and playgrounds or along or near sidewalks.  

The Provincial Government is reviewing this regulation, following consultations that took place this past winter. The results of the review will be released once completed.

A link to a fact sheet has been provided by the Manitoba Government on the Non-Essential Pesticide Regulation (MR 268/2014), please visit www.gov.mb.ca/sd/envprograms/initiatives/pesticide_red/pdf/faqs.pdf for further information.

Where can the RM utilize pesticides to control Dandelions or other noxious weeds? 

The municipality is allowed to utilize pesticides in areas that are not normally utilized by children and families, or areas that you would not normally find children playing. We cannot spray pesticides along, in, or near parks and playgrounds or along or near sidewalks.  We canspray pesticides along ditches, center medians and vacant lots/land. However, there are exceptions to these rules.  One example of this would be, if the Municipal Weed Inspector finds a noxious weed like Poison Ivy in a park. In this case, the RM may use pesticides to control the noxious weeds.

Overall the Municipal Weed Inspector assesses all municipal areas of the RM to determine where pesticide use would be most effective.  Another determining factor is budgetary constraints and this is most applicable to the less effective provincial allowable pesticides that the RM is able to spray in all areas. These less effective pesticides are considerably more expensive to utilize and they do not provide anywhere near the eradication of noxious weeds.    

In years such as this, where the weather has been more favourable to the dandelion growth than to that of the grasses, we can see the results. This year the dandelions set their flowers very quickly after the first mowing and the flowers died off quickly. In many cases, it was very difficult to keep dandelions mowed in the areas where we could not use pesticides. The weather conditions were also not conducive to pesticide use this spring. The cold nights and cool days limit the plant uptake of any pesticide and therefore delayed the start of the pesticide-spraying program

The RM will continue to work within Provincial Regulations and is committed to working towards solutions to control all noxious weeds.  

 

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