Four times each season, usually around the first week of June, July, August, and September, contractors spray herbicides along the curb lines of our downtown area streets.
Contractors are using two different herbicide formulations, both with the active ingredient glyphosate. Glyphosate is recognized as a probable carcinogen and is linked to numerous health effects along with its major metabolite (breakdown product) AMPA. Glyphosate is known to contaminate groundwater due to runoff and leaching like many other pesticides.
Dover uses eight wells located throughout the city to pump groundwater from four underground aquifers. Will you know if there is glyphosate in your drinking water? The MCLG (maximum contaminant level goal) for glyphosate is 0.7 mg/L or 700 ppb. Only when testing shows glyphosate is above this limit will it be reported. Anything above this limit must be filtered out, but no routine filtering of this contaminant is done below this level. To learn more about glyphosate also known as Roundup, see It’s Raining Roundup…
Our city government welcomes input from residents. Ask them to investigate safer alternatives to conventional herbicide spraying. Contact the city council by clicking ‘Email Board’ under the photo. Contact the city manager here.
Facilities Grounds and Cemeteries has been given a list of alternative methods and products to try this season. Give them a call at 603 516-6480 to see how it’s going, and let them know you want to see those alternatives being used next season. A convenient email form to contact Community Services can be found here.