FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2015
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Town Announces Organic Pest Removal Program at Harbor Hills Park and Clark Botanic Garden
Town also applies for $500,000 L.I. North Shore Heritage Area Grant that could provide funds to restore deteriorating structure
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Councilman Peter Zuckerman announced this week that Organic Solutions Inc., a company who operates out of Bayles Garden Center in Port Washington has been secured by the Town to provide safe, natural solutions for mosquitoes and other pests at Harbor Hills Park and Clark Botanic Garden.
The Town’s plan is to reduce the number of pests currently occupying Harbor Hills Park and Clark Botanic Garden in an effort to maintain the beauty of the parks while also increasing the level of comfort for the residents who visit these areas. This program aligns with the Town’s mission to use all natural landscaping products as the Town currently treats all plant life at Clark Garden organically.
“It is critical that we use organic solutions while treating our plant life and reducing the pest population in our parks. Both the Town and Organic Solutions, Inc. recognize the problem with using harmful synthetic chemicals often utilized to eliminate the problem of pesky insects, and how such chemicals can negatively impact both the environment and our groundwater,” Supervisor Bosworth said.
By partnering with Organic Solutions, Inc., the Town will make use of the company’s natural spray program designed to use pesticide applications that are safe for both people and pets. According to Organic Solutions, Inc., synthetic chemicals used within fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, and weed controls “can eventually find their way into the water table” and cause even more damage.
Councilman Zuckerman said, “The Town’s residents can rest easy knowing their children and pets can be both pest free and safe from the adverse effects of synthetic chemicals.”
Patti Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education and a member of the Town's Ecological Commission, was on hand as Town officials met with Organic Solutions this week. She said, "The Town of North Hempstead and Supervisor Bosworth have done exactly the right thing by choosing this safe, sustainable and non-toxic solution to a common problem for ponds and marshes. Typically, these problems are remediated using chemical pesticides, which are not species-specific and result in rebounds of insect populations that are more resistant to the chemicals. They also remain in the environment for long periods of time and adversely impact many non-target populations, including people. Hopefully, other municipalities will follow the example set by this Supervisor and her well -educated and thoughtful staff."
With programs in place like the Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P.) program and Operation: Clean Sweep, the Town of North Hempstead is no stranger to environmentally friendly solutions that benefit both the environment and its residents.
To find out more about the Organic Solutions and the host of environmental programs going on in the Town, please call 311 or log on to www.northhempsteadny.gov.
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Oscar Melara and Mike Lamberti (owner) of Organic Solutions; Supervisor Bosworth; Patti Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education; John Darcy, Town Parks Deputy Commissioner; Councilman Peter Zuckerman; Luis Carpio.