SATELLITE BEACH —The Satellite Beach City Council on Wednesday, unanimously approved a resolution prohibiting the city and its contractors from using herbicides containing glyphosate, including Roundup on city owned and maintained property.
The ban went into effect immediately. “Banning the use of glyphosate is a great first step in improving water quality,” said Mayor Frank Catino. “The City can be the role-model for our residents to make a change in their use of what they spray on their lawns and gardens.”
Runoff from areas exposed to herbicides containing glyphosate may be contributing to the declining health of water bodies in and adjacent to the city, as well the area’s overall environment.
The City Council unanimously determined that it is in the best interest of the public health, safety and welfare of its residents, employees and contractors to ban the use of herbicides containing glyphosate on all properties owned, leased, operated or managed by the City.
City staff has begun researching and testing natural alternatives to glyphosate to determine a suitable replacement. Additionally, changing some grounds maintenance practices from chemical to mechanical as well as planting some locations with native plants will reduce the total area where chemical maintenance is required.
“Maintaining and enhancing the quality of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon is important to the quality of life enjoyed by Satellite Beach residents, businesses and visitors,” said Courtney Barker, Satellite Beach City Manager.
For more information, call 321-773-4407 or visit www.satellitebeachfl.org.