Pesticide Use Policy - City of Galena

Pesticide Use Policy

The City of Galena strives to be a good steward of the natural environment. As such, the city continually explores innovative, environmentally sensitive and cost-effective approaches to pest management.

The city has adopted a Policy on the Use of Pesticides on City-owned Property with the objective of managing pests that may cause harm or threaten the health, functioning capability, or appearance of a site while minimizing risk to human health and the environment.

The city employs the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM coordinates the use of pest biology, environmental information, and available technology to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage — using the most economical means while posing the least possible risk to people, property, resources, and the environment. IPM provides an effective strategy for managing pests in all areas.

It is the policy of the city that its employees and contractors do not use pesticides on any city-owned property, including the following areas managed by the city:

  1. Parks, including the dog park.
  2. Playgrounds and mulched recreation areas.  
  3. Trails.
  4. Pool facilities.
  5. Buildings.
  6. Residential or commercial areas.
  7. River and stream banks.
  8. Roadways.
  9. Any other spaces open to and frequented by the public.

Using the Integrated Pest Management approach, there are limited circumstances where pesticides may be used. Pesticide use is considered the last resort and approved only when preventive measures and natural controls are ineffective. The IPM approach and process for evaluating the use of pesticides by special exception is explained in the Policy on the Use of Pesticides on City-owned Properties available below. The list of currently approved pesticides and where they may be used is also provided below.  

Policy on the Use of Pesticides on City-owned Properties

Special Exceptions Where Pesticides are Used



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