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Vegetation Control Integrated Pest Management Plan

HERBICIDE APPLICATION NOTICE: As a part of its maintenance activities, one week following the release of this notice, the Public Works Department may apply the herbicide glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup TM) to control vegetation growth in various areas throughout the City, as allowed for in the approved Vegetation Control Integrated Pest Management Plan (see below), only on an as-needed basis. All reasonable efforts will be made to apply the herbicide only to actively growing unwanted vegetation, will not be applied to bare areas as a preventative measure, and will not be applied if inclement weather is predicted. If there is no unwanted growth, there will be no spraying. All details about this operation can be read in our Vegetation Control Integrated Pest Management Plan (see below).

Posted August 30, 2017

Opt-Out Provision

You have the right to request that herbicide application not occur in front of your home or property, and the City will honor your request. If you would like to opt out, please contact Jared Bond at 425-670-5207 or jbond@lynnwoodwa.gov to be put on this list. You will not need to renew your request annually, and we will keep your address on our “Do Not Spray” list as long as we continue this program.

In keeping with the goals of our vegetation management program, Public Works requests your assistance in keeping our sidewalks, gutters, and streets free of vegetation, weeds and debris. Uncontrolled vegetation is the primary cause of sidewalk heaving, cracks, and hazards, and removing these nuisances will ensure a long service life for our beneficial infrastructure. Regular maintenance also reduces the need to use herbicides in these areas.

Questions & Comments Please address all questions and comments to: Jared Bond, City of Lynnwood Public Works PO Box 5008 Lynnwood, WA 98046-5008 at 425-670-5207 or jbond@lynnwoodwa.gov

BACKGROUND: After an extensive public review and comment period, on March 24, 2014 the Lynnwood City Council unanimously adopted a new Public Works Vegetation Control Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPMP).

It is the goal of the City of Lynnwood to perform vegetation management in a manner consistent with responsible environmental stewardship of our natural resources, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. Noxious weeds and vegetation can create hazardous conditions, destroy infrastructure, clog waterways, lower land values and affect humans, pets, and wildlife. The City is required by its Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit (an NPDES Permit) to implement practices, policies, and procedures to reduce stormwater impacts associated with runoff from all lands owned or maintained by the City. This plan complies with these requirements by establishing procedures governing Public Works’ vegetation management activities, and only applies to Public Works’ activities.

The Lynnwood Public Works Department is in charge of servicing and maintaining 32 stormwater ponds, 50 stormwater detention facilities, 38,700 lineal feet of grass swales, 16,800 lineal feet of open streams, 9,000 lineal feet of stormwater ditches, 295 lane miles of streets and 205 miles of sidewalks and paved shoulders in Lynnwood. Public Works will use manual and mechanical means as its first choice in controlling vegetation in these areas. However, Public Works may use herbicides if it is deemed necessary to perform its duties. Should such a determination be made, the City of Lynnwood will notify the public at least one week in advance via its website at www.lynnwoodwa.gov/ipmp, and in the lobby of most City buildings and the City Library.