Eiber BeeSafe Initiative is Part of Sustainable Neighborhood Program
As part of Eiber’s Sustainable Neighborhood Program, the Eiberhood organization is encouraging neighbors to consider alternatives to systemic pesticides that are harmful to bees and other beneficial insects.
Systemics, which include a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, are the most widely used pesticides in the world, and are found in many common products available at hardware, garden, and large chain stores. They are found in granulars, sprays, and even fertilizers, such as 3-in-1 type products by Bayer, Ortho, Bonide, and others. These chemicals can also be found on live plants purchased at big box stores and nurseries, including plants that are sold as bee attractors!
Studies are linking bees’ Colony Collapse Disorder to the widespread use of these neonicotinoids. And while it has been debated that the chemicals themselves may not technically be fatal under lab conditions, field studies have shown that they certainly disorient and sicken bees to the extent that they become easy prey to other health threats. 30% of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. Last year, beekeepers reported losses of 40% – 90% of their hives. This syndrome has far reaching consequences to our food supply.
Why does that matter when it comes to our choice of lawn and garden products in the suburbs, and why should our neighborhood be concerned?
- Many neighbors keep honey beehives, which are specifically allowed under city ordinance as urban farm animals.
- Bees help pollinate our gardens and fruit trees, improving our harvests.
- Some species of bees, such as yellowjackets, actually benefit our yards and gardens by preying on beetle and mosquito larvae; they are nature’s pesticide.
- Elimination of these chemicals may also reduce the threat of toxin buildup in birds and other animals that might eat sick insects.
- Overspray and runoff contaminate our watersheds and potentially find their way into the water supply if not effectively treated.
As you are considering your springtime gardening and lawn work next year, please keep in mind that these chemicals are a very real threat to the overall health of our environment, and look for alternatives to the use of these systemic chemicals. Please join us in campaigning for a reduction and elimination of these products from your local retail stores. For more information on what action you can take, please refer to this beesafe flyer (pdf). Also, if you’d like to write a letter to your local retailer, here’s a template you can use. Thanks for all you do to help make Eiber more sustainable!
Eiber is Outstanding Sustainable Neighborhood for Second Year
The City of Lakewood awarded Eiber its second consecutive award as Outstanding Neighborhood in the city’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program. The award was received by Eiberhood representatives at the July 28 City Council meeting.
Eiber was the first neighborhood to achieve Outstanding status in the program’s inaugural year, and this makes the second year running that Eiber has maintained that status. We are well on our way to qualifying for a third.
The city has posted signs near the Garrison and Oak Street light rail stations recognizing the neighborhood’s accomplishment.
Eiber was one of three award recipients this year. During city staff’s presentation, it was stated that calls from other cities interested in the program have been coming in from all over the country, and even one from Dubai, Saudi Arabia! Boulder and Denver now both have similar programs. It’s gratifying to see that Lakewood has blazed yet another trail, and that the Eiber Neighborhood was there at the start.
To watch the City Council session, click here.
The Lakewood Heritage Center Museum will provide tours free of charge at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 27 as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live! The ticket is available to download at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDayLive. One ticket is permitted per household or per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday/venues.
The Lakewood Heritage Center is located at 801 S. Yarrow St. on the east side of Belmar Park. For more information, please contact the museum offices at 303-987-7850 or visit www.Lakewood.org/HeritageCenter.
RTD W Line Interruption
On Saturday and Sunday, Aug 9 – 10, RTD light rail W line service was interrupted for maintenance work on W line crossings. This was the first opportunity that Eiber neighbors had to experience RTD’s alternative operations plan for closures. Many neighbors have expressed their disappointment with the result.
Residents awoke early Saturday morning to the sound of the largest buses in RTD’s fleet – the articulated “accordian” type that run on Colfax – disturbing the early morning quiet of the inner neighborhood, and running every 15 minutes around the clock for the next 40 hours. Buses were being routed along Garrison St and 10th Ave in order to service the Garrison Station. Many residents hold the opinion that these large buses have no proper place negotiating tight corners and narrow streets with limited shoulders and sidewalks.
While this is of course a temporary condition when it happens, the impact it has on the peace, quiet, and safety of the neighborhood is profound. Residents have been discussing the issue with our region’s RTD Board Director, Natalie Menten, who in turn has met with RTD officials.
There is currently no official word of RTD’s reviewing their operations plan for W line closures, but we encourage them to do so. Residents and the ENA are interested in meeting with RTD to explore alternatives to this plan.
Given the nature of the impact – and the fact that this very issue was raised during the design phase – we are interested in hearing your opinion on the matter. If you were affected by these buses traversing the neighborhood last weekend and wish to share your experience, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check back for updates on this issue as it evolves.
Work to Widen Wadsworth Begins
The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work this month on rehabilitation and widening of Wadsworth Boulevard between West 10th and West 14th avenues. Initial work will include digging to locate utilities, surveying and constructing temporary traffic signals. This will likely affect traffic on Wadsworth with periodic closures of a single lane, which will occur throughout the duration of the project. This project will include concrete paving, widening Wadsworth by one lane in both directions, adding 10-foot multiuse paths on each side of Wadsworth and reconstructing the box culvert to carry Dry Gulch under Wadsworth. For additional information, please call 888‐759‐6197 or email email@example.com.
Bike & Byways Map App Available
The Colorado Department of Transportation has its bike and byways map available through a mobile application, providing instant information to bicyclists. The map currently provides roadway information such as shoulder widths and traffic volumes, but the new electronic version will significantly expand the amount of available information. The app will soon be available for downloading from a desktop, tablet or mobile phone. For more information, see CDot Bicycle and Byways Map.
Lakewood A Top Place To Live
The Movoto Real Estate website picked Lakewood as one of the best places to live in Colorado, citing Lakewood’s high overall quality of life and the price of housing. The website looked at seven factors including amenities, commute times, crime and quality of life to pick the best spots. Read more at www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-places-in-colorado.
Crime Stoppers mobile ‘app’ Available
Metro Crime Stoppers has an application that residents can download to smart phones to make it easier to report crimes and find crime prevention tips. Visit www.CrimeStoppersMobile.com to learn more.
Make a Difference in the Life of A Child
Volunteers at Eiber Elementary help Eiber’s children achieve academic success and in return, are enriched by the friendship and love of a child. Many Eiber students are disadvantaged economically – over 90% of the students at Eiber are on a free or reduced lunch program. Eiber is a dual language school, with a third of the students having a language background other than English, and 90% of those students speaking Spanish as their first language.
This program began as a literacy program and this year it expanded to provide support to the math curriculum. Volunteers are paired with an individual child. if you would like more information, contact Lois Witte, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Lakewood has many ways for residence to stay informed about activities in Lakewood. They include a comprehensive website, enewsletters, social media, and ward meetings. Click here for details.
For a calendar of upcoming events for Eiberhood, please click here.