Letter: Stop spraying ‘noxious weeds’ in Grand County
My road, Grand County Road 50, is about to be sprayed in its “rights of way” to kill “noxious weeds.”
As a warning to locals and tourists, you, kids, infants, pregnant women, asthmatics, dogs, cats, pets, horses, birds, bees, fish and wildlife will be exposed to Grand County’s spraying using herbicides. Once again, in their yearly war against plants they call “noxious weeds,” including Scentless chamomile, Oxeye daisy, thistles, and yellow sweet clover, which is not “noxious,” but is sprayed anyway.
Grand County’s Weed Control trucks should have large signs on them, clearly alerting the public that they are spraying “POISONS” on public lands, and they should put written signs on the ground indicating when it’s safe to be back in that sprayed area. They spray weed poisons near streams, near our wells, etc.
If you read these herbicide labels and translate them into plain English, you will GASP (GrandCountians Against Spraying Poisons).
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You may have heard about lawsuits against the weed killer “Roundup” that causes cancer. But, Grand County’s weed spraying foreman told me that Roundup herbicide is no more dangerous than the herbicides she uses on weeds, on edges of our roads. Do Grand County’s herbicides also cause cancer?
Please pull weeds and put “DO NOT SPRAY” signs on your property to prevent Grand County’s spraying of poisonsous herbicides on or near your property. Every weed pulled means less poisonous herbicide spraying in our areas.
Call Grand County Natural Resources at 970-887-0745 and tell them not to spray on or near your property. You should also ask them to use mowing, volunteers pulling up weeds, goats, grass seeds, etc., instead of spraying.
— Carol Sidofsky, Fraser
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