Non Toxic Dover, NH is a volunteer led citizen’s group dedicated to awareness, education and reducing pesticide use and pollution in the city.
We been advocating for an organic approach to land management on city and school property since 2013 after noticing a pesticide application sign on the library lawn listing a neonicotinoid insecticide and synthetic fertilizer.
As a result of our work, in 2014 the city voluntarily eliminated use of neonicotinoids, which since that time have been continually shown not only to be toxic to beneficial insects, but also to pollute water sources and to cause harm to the developing brain. In 2015 the council accepted an invitation facilitated by our group to have representatives of a national non-profit organization to arrange municipal training to educate the city and contractors about least toxic methods of managing our public spaces. Just prior to this in the Spring, 2015 the city awarded two sites, Lower Henry Law park and Sullivan Drive ball field to an organic lawn care company we located. In early Spring 2016 the city hosted a public workshop on natural lawn and landscape management, and in February of 2018, the city voted unanimously to pass an organic land management resolution.
We will continue to support the city in moving forward, as well as working to promote awareness while we educate residents about lawn care and other related pollution.