(Courtesy of Flickr user Jasen Miller / Creative Commons) The Colorado Springs area.
The city of Colorado Springs will be more vigilant, putting up flags and signs notifying the public when workers are spraying weedicide chemicals in parks and open spaces.
The Colorado Springs Gazette reports that the city council president approved the move after a California jury awarded a man $ 289 million in damages for using glyphosate-based chemicals.
The chemical can be found in common weed killers like Roundup.
The Gazette reports that the signs in city parks, open spaces and median values will be more visible after being sprayed by the crews:
City council president Richard Skorman said he and councilor Yolanda Avila spoke with park officials last week about the issue, specifically their concerns about glyphosate-based weed control chemicals, which are known to be harmful to humans and animals.
“I think we have to play it safe, especially since we have so much more park users than so many other cities across the country,” said Skorman. “Even if it means spending a little more money.”
City council members fear that chemical spraying could open the city to liability. Colorado Springs is also developing a method for mapping parks that were recently sprayed for online use.