Cartoon on yard toxins was timely | Letter

Apr 07, 2017

Your March 30 editorial cartoon about “ … working in the yard and becoming one with nature” while, at the same time, hauling out a huge assortment of toxics to use on the yard, was perfect.

As a streamside property owner in Edmonds who tries hard to protect Willow Creek from the stream polluters in our town, I cringe every spring as toxic providers appear to treat my neighbors’ lawns.

Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I try to think as Jesus did: “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”

The problem with this is that each citizen has a responsibility to learn about what is good or bad for our environment and be a good steward of it. We must not turn a blind eye to information about the damage done to our streams, our fish and wildlife, and Puget Sound when we spray or disperse toxic chemicals on our lawns.

The rains come and wash those chemicals down the hillsides in our critical areas and elsewhere, adding more poisons to our already polluted Puget Sound. A number of relevant articles appear on this website: bit.ly/2nLVRB8.

Glyphosate has been associated with autism, cancers, digestive disorders and destruction of beneficial bacteria in soils. Without healthy soils and waters, our human health suffers along with the health of fish and wildlife.

Enforcement of our critical areas ordinance is, unfortunately, practically nonexistent. I’ve filed complaints about the annual assaults on our critical areas, but to no avail.

Herbicides and extreme cutting of vegetation on our streamside slopes are just two of the activities that take place in our critical areas, but even in areas of the city that are not designated as “critical areas,” toxics and clearing of vegetation cause erosion and poisoning of our streams and riparian areas.

Thank you for printing Dave Granlund’s very apropos cartoon at this time of the year.

Rebecca J. Wolfe
Edmonds

 

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