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BernCo Continues to Work on Weeds Management Plan

08/23/2019

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.

“The spring and summer have presented a weeds control challenge and I am hearing from a lot of my constituents who want to know what the county is doing about it,” says County Commissioner Steven Michael Quezada. “I want to assure everyone that county crews are working on a daily basis to try to keep the weeds under control while being environmentally safe at the same time. The community’s patience is appreciated.”

Since the glyphosate ban took effect four 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).
  • Contracting with 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 will also be meeting with members of the community and other stakeholders to brainstorm solutions to weeds maintenance and research alternative products and best practices. The Integrated Vegetation Maintenance Management Plan is slated to be completed by spring 2020.
  • 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.

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