Sample ordinance, proclamations and connections to other action. 

Often we don't realize that other communities have gone through or are attempting to make their location healthier through precautionary actions.  Below is a small sample of some of these successes and attempts.  If you have an example e-mail it to webmaster@pesticidefreezone.org and we will include it on this page.

San Anselmo Proposal Professional applicators would be required to notify adjacent prosperities prior to spray applications. 
Boulder, Colorado's   The people in Boulder don't mess around.  They are serious about protecting  citizens from exposure to pesticides.  $1,000 fine for flaunting the law.
Halifax ordinance Read  Pesticide Bylaw P-800 and Administrative Order 23.  The fine is greater if you do not comply.
Fairfax, California The Fairfax town council passed their "neighbor notification" ordinance 5 to 0.  Modeled after a similar bill from New York it requires all neighbors spraying more than 9 sq. feet to notify neighbors within 150 feet 48 hours in advance.  Now the state of California Department of Pesticide Regulations has threatened to sue the city.  Read the bill.
AB1006 Assembly woman Judy Chu has authored the Healthy Schools 2003 which will ban the use of the most toxic pesticides in schools.  Assembly passed the bill and the Senate Agriculture Committee shelved it.  If you live in California, the Healthy Schools Act of 2000, AB 2260, passed both houses and was signed by  Governor Gray Davis. This new bill goes further and is more protective but will have to be reintroduced.  Shame on the senate and the agrochemical interest for putting profits before the health of children.  
Marin County IPM Ordinance. The Marin County IPM Ordinance was passed in December 1998 by  the Marin County Board of Supervisors.  The IPM Commission was formed to oversee implementation.  The goal was to reduce the use of pesticides by 75% from base year 1997 usage by January 1, 2004.  That goal was reached one year ahead of schedule.  Congratulations to all those continuous county workers for their efforts.
Corte Madera, CA August 6, 2002, after a ban and then a reversal to an IPM Policy, the Town of Corte Madera, CA stepped into the arena of cities that formalized their practices of using fewer and less toxic products in their pest management practices and thus rendering the commons safer for their population. 
Lyndhurst, OH On July 7, 2003 this town of 17,000 passed emergency legislation after studying the issue of West Nile Virus.  The Council found that "the risk/benefit analysis conducted by experts clearly indicates that the dangers of WNV are minimal and affect a very small segment of the population, and that the long-term health and environmental risks of spraying with synthetic pesticides poses a much greater risk."