SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program has recently received the 2012 PestWise Shining Star Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The award was presented at the 7th International IPM Symposium, Memphis, TN.
“The County of Santa Clara is honored to receive this award,” said Supervisor Liz Kniss, who, along with community members, championed development of a County IPM program. “Since our IPM program began, pesticide use has been significantly reduced in all County facilities, landscapes and parks. This is one of the commitments the Board of Supervisors has made for a safer environment and a healthier community.”
In 2002, the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors adopted an IPM ordinance to provide sustainable solutions for pest control on County properties. In the same year, a pilot project was launched at Ed Levin County Park, one of the 27 County parks, to eliminate use of conventional pesticides. As of 2010, 20 County parks, a total of 28,000 acres of land, were using non-chemical methods for maintenance such as chips, disk, flail, hand hoe, slope and turf mow and weed barriers. In the remaining seven parks, pesticides use also has been reduced to 0.07%.
Other achievements by the County IPM program include the following:
- Since 2008, pesticides have been eliminated from urban landscapes around County complexes.
- Since 2002, pesticides have been eliminated from use in County owned ponds, lakes, creeks as a method for controlling aquatic weeds.
- The three County-operated airports have not used any pesticides since 2007.
- Significant reduction in the use of pesticides in the County’s right-of-way weed control. As of 2010, 83% of County roads right-of-way weed control is managed non-chemically.
“Some sustainable trends take time to establish themselves while others set down roots in the marketplace and grow quickly. In both long and short term results, the County IPM program has made a paradigm shift in how we look at pests and a pesticide free environment,” said Naresh Duggal, County IPM Manager. “During the past ten years, the County IPM program has gained wide publicity, for its uniqueness and innovations, across the world and we are very pleased that US EPA has recognized our efforts.”
In 2009, the County received International IPM Recognition Award at the 6th International Integrated Pest Management Symposium in Portland, OR. The County was also recipient of Green California Leadership Award 2009 and California IPM Innovator for Year 2005.
About Integrated Pest Management
IPM is a sustainable approach to preventing and suppressing pest problems while minimizing risks to human health and the environment. IPM practitioners use a judicious blend of biological, cultural, mechanical and chemical controls.
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Naresh Duggal, Integrated Pest Management (408) 299-5159
Posted: April 10, 2012