Shorewood is the first city in Minnesota to approve a city wide policy to refrain from using systemic pesticides. The bee safe resolution includes the ban on neonicotinoid insecticides.
The bee safe policy has originated as a result of a grassroots concerned citizen initiative, who pushed the city council to implement protective measures.
The resolution acts as a preventative measure as the city has never used the pesticide chemicals on city property. Mayor Scott Zerby specified that, the policy ensures that the city doesn’t use the chemicals in the future and helps educate the community about creating pollinator-friendly habitats.
“In Shorewood, we take a lot of pride in being innovative,” he said. “In a way, we’re restoring the environment to be more bee-friendly.”