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Weeds Maintenance and Management Planning Community Meeting Scheduled

10/14/2019
3:06 PM
Catherine Lopez, O (505) 224-1641, C (505) 259-0312 - cathylopez@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County invites the community to attend a weeds maintenance and management planning meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the South Valley Multipurpose Community Center, 2008 Larrazolo Road SW.

BernCo has contracted the landscape, architecture and planning firm, Sites Southwest LLC to assist with long-term planning by developing an integrated vegetation maintenance management plan. BernCo and Sites Southwest are meeting with members of the community, and other stakeholders, to brainstorm solutions to weeds maintenance and research alternative products and best practices.

Since the glyphosate ban took effect six months ago, the county’s land management team has been implementing the following strategy to manage weeds in the affected areas of unincorporated Bernalillo County, outside the city limits:

· Removing weeds using mechanical methods such as mowers and hand trimmers, prioritizing main throughways, parks and ball fields. Traditional hand-pulling methods are used in smaller, tighter landscaped areas.

· Educating property owners about the responsibility of weed maintenance on their own property, including the setback area - that portion of public land along the road between the private property line and the curb or pavement driven by automotive traffic. See Bernalillo County Code Section 66-225 (c).

· Hiring of 13 additional full-time park maintenance workers and two support staff.

More information about the glyphosate ban and short educational videos at https://www.bernco.gov/community-services/weeds-maintenance-and-glyphosate-moratorium-faqs.aspx.

To report a weed problem, please call the BernCo Contact Center at (505) 468-7777 or via email at contactcenter@bernco.gov.

Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States and the main ingredient found in the popular weed-killer “Roundup.” BernCo banned the use of glyphosate on its properties and open spaces in April following national concerns about the safety of the product.

 

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 676,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $630 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff, and treasurer.

 

 

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