Why Round-Up Spraying in the Baylands by People Who Don't Know Who They Are Working For?
Original post made by BayLandsBiker on Nov 4, 2013
I asked them what they were spraying and they said Round-Up and some other stuff? They did not seem to know what they were doing, and they also did not seem to know who they worked for. After talking to them a bit more I returned to the parking lot where I called the Palo Alto City number for the Baylands.
As usually no one answered. So I drove over to the other end by the Interpretive Center and found the Ranger and asked him about it. Our Palo Alto Rangers also do not seem to know who they work for, what numbers to call to get to their bosses, or even what department they work for in Palo Alto, The ranger told me he was a contractor from an outsourced company.
The two guys doing the spraying had no uniforms.
First, can anyone tell me what was going on. It seemed kind of silly to spray for weeds when there were fairly few of them and they could have been dug out. Also, putting all that poison into the environment also does not seem very green or ecological.
Isn't pretty much everything that grows out at the Baylands weeds? So why are we spraying for them? On the one side of that road volunteers are planting native plant species to bring back the habitat, and then these guys were spraying poison all over the place. They sprayers were saying that Palo Alto was might be planning to plant a lawn out there. Has anyone from Palo Alto looked at what the lawn a Shoreline Park looks like after the ducks get through eating most of it and pooping all over it? It is ugly, it stinks and whatever they do to it, it never gets much better.
Do we have someone in Palo Alto that is making estimates to get work done with licensed professionals and then not doing that and hiring guys from wherever to use chemicals and poisons they may be unqualified to use, and is the Palo Alto person doing this ripping off the city?
What is going on here, and how can we tell? Anyone have any clue?
on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:11 am
That Roundup stuff should be illegal: it is a defoliant that survives rainfall and poisons animals and people, gets into the water supply and the food chain.
I had a horse who became gravely ill after the barn owner, unbeknownst to most of the boarders, sprayed Roundup to kill weeds around the horse stalls. Many of the horses nibbled on the weeds before the chemicals shriveled them ( they still looked appetizing to the horses), and the barn owner had to pay a lot of big vet bills after the vet determined why so many horses were sickened at once.
Roundup is toxic as hell and already IS illegal in Connecticut....why not in California???
on Nov 5, 2013 at 10:14 am
BTW: my horse was never quite the same after the poisoning, as it damaged her nervous and digestive systems. She had to be retired from competition, as she was no longer coordinated enough to compete, nor could she maintain adequate weight.
on Nov 5, 2013 at 11:28 am
I got a return call from the Ranger this morning who said they are going to plant/broadcast seed out there to try to get grass to grow. That's what he told me, but he had no real knowledge of why or whether it made sense or not.
It seems to me that grass and these little bushes where they were spraying the RoundUp are two different things.
That is the bushes just cover a small around and do not spread throughout the whole field. They are natural and presumable local ... so why kill them?
If they want grasses to grow they just have to get the seeds out there and water them, I don't see why or how the bushes interfere with that - but I am not an ecological expert so maybe there is a reason ... I doubt it, but perhaps.
It's not like even when there is grass growing out there that bushes will not return or they will bother anything.
To me this just makes no sense, and is a waste of time, money, resources and puts poison out there for no reason.