Park Maintenance Program and Integrated Pest Management Policy
The primary goal of the Park Maintenance Division is to provide safe and clean facilities, while protecting the natural and cultural resources of each facility. Goals and objectives are accomplished through the maintenance of parks and facilities by reliable, well-trained staff.
The purpose of the Integrated Pest Management Policy is to establish the best management practices for controlling pests that are harmful to the health, function, or aesthetic value of park landscapes in an efficient, effective, and environmentally-responsible manner, while paying careful attention to public safety. The Integrated Pest Management Policy was adopted by the City Council on October 28, 2013.
In June 2016, the City Council directed staff to adopt a new pilot program, known as the Earth Friendly Management Policy (EFMP), that eliminates the use of all toxic chemical pesticides and trapping on City‐owned parks, roads, and property. The City is currently still testing the pilot program and has not used non-organic pesticides or conducted trapping at any City facilities. In preparation for returning to Council for adoption of a formal EFMP, staff initiated the process of preparing a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) document. Subsequently, on April 24, 2017, Council directed staff to make the EFMP an all‐encompassing policy with an absolute prohibition on use of any pesticides under any circumstances. The CEQA document analyzes the City’s pest control program that builds on current practices and strictly prohibits the following on all City property:
- use of synthetic fertilizers and organic or toxic chemical pesticides, irradiation, and genetically engineered products containing genetically engineered ingredients, including fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and rodenticides; and
- animal trapping of any kind, with the exception of live-trapping of pests from building interiors that are released unharmed into the immediate outdoor environment. The “immediate environment” means the nearest suitable habitat.
Earth Friendly Management Policy Initial Study
The City issued an Earth Friendly Management Policy Initial Study for a 30-day public comment period which will be conducted from May 4 - June 4, 2018. Subsequently, the City issued a Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration incorporated comments received and proposed mitigation measures.
The proposed EFMP and Final Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration will be considered by the City Council on October 8, 2018 (see Item 5A).
Water Conservation Plan
The purpose of the City Parks and Facilities Water Conservation Plan is to implement sustainable practices in maintaining City parks and facilities, while employing water-saving opportunities as they become available, and to achieve water allocation goals set by the City’s water provider.
The Plan reflects the City’s commitment to water conservation by establishing water use guidelines based on drought conditions and community priorities.
The City Parks and Facilities Water Conservation Plan was adopted by the City Council on August 24, 2015.