Constructing a multidisciplinary program requires the efforts of many groups and individuals. The Mission of the Santa Clara County’s IPM Program administration is promoting pesticide pollution prevention through effective & efficient communication, coordination, training and evaluation of various reduced risk pest management projects. Developing and/or improving pest management practices, through public education, education of IPM practitioners, and implementation of IPM projects will accomplish this mission. Specific goals include>>More
Santa Clara County took IPM adoption approach from an ecosystem management perspective, not just percentage pesticide use reduction.
The first and most important step was establishing the IPM ordinance a framework on which to base individual procedures and guidelines. The Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors passed an Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Use Ordinance #NS-517.70 on May 21, 2002 with effective date June 20, 2002 with a phase in period of two years.
The ordinance covered a broad range of IPM elements requiring its implementation, monitoring, data & document control, pesticide product screening, selection & preparation of reduced risk pesticides list (approved list of pesticides), use restriction, pesticide use reporting mechanism, minimizing applicator & public pesticide exposure through applicator safety education, precision application tools & techniques and posting requirements and also creating IPM awareness among staff & public through education & outreach.
The ordinance also asked for investigating & developing alternatives strategies for sustainable pest management with an overall objective of reducing or eliminating pesticide applications on County properties. This ordinance also mandated its inclusion in any future County contracts and easements thus making its adoption a long-term strategy a Countywide IPM program.
To support the ordinance and assist departments in its implementation, Santa Clara County Executive Office hired the “County IPM Coordinator” with a responsibility to develop administrative & procedural guidelines around the ordinance requirement, and to engineer, facilitate, train and coordinate interdisciplinary IPM practices.
A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was also formed, that meets at least four times per year to review the County’s IPM program and provide comments to the County Executive. IPM-TAG includes representatives: two from Pesticide Alternatives of Santa Clara County; one from the Santa Clara Valley Water District; one from the County Agricultural Commissioner; one from the Santa Clara County Pollution Prevention Committee; one County employee representing a labor organization; and one representative from each of the following Santa Clara County agencies and departments: Roads and Airports, Parks and Recreation, the General Services Agency, Valley Health and Hospital System, and Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance.
Each department has also appointed a Department IPM Coordinator to facilitate departmental supervision, implementation of IPM strategies assisting the County IPM Coordinator.