Cities and counties typically manage parks, roadsides, and other public property, often using relatively large quantities of pesticides. Some cities and counties have prioritized the health of people and salmon by changing their landscape practices to reduce their reliance on pesticides. For example, The City of Bainbridge Island recently adopted the strongest pesticide-use policy in Washington, eliminating the use of all pesticide products that pose serious threats to the health of our communities and our environment.
Local governments can protect salmon from pesticides by passing a policy that would eliminate the use of high-hazard pesticides and adopt integrated pest management (IPM) as operational principles. To find out more about the model policy you can download our Model Pest Management Policy for the Protection of Salmon and Human Health (92kb PDF file) here.