This afternoon a bit before 4 I was returning the Byxbee Park parking lot and I saw two men with backpack sprayers on walking along the hill spraying bushes.
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?
Why Round-Up Spraying in the Baylands by People Who Don't Know Who They Are Working For?
Original post made by BayLandsBiker, Crescent Park, on Nov 4, 2013