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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 10, 2017
 Patrick Soderberg, IPM Program Coordinator-Environmental Health, (360) 867-2586 or SoderbP@co.thurston.wa.us

New Grow Smart, Grow Safe Website
New website aids those looking for safer pesticides and garden products

OLYMPIA - Thurston County is proud to launch the new Grow Smart, Grow Safe website. This website is an easy way for consumers to choose lawn and garden products that are safer for people, pets, and the environment.

The website, www.growsmartgrowsafe.org, is a guide to outdoor lawn and garden products in Washington State. It allows consumers to see how lawn and garden products are ranked by known hazards and risk factors. Each product is rated low, medium, or high hazard. The site also offers tips and information on natural yard care and gardening.

Thurston County Board of Health chairman Bud Blake said, "The Grow Smart, Grow Safe website allows people to make smart choices about the products they use in their yards and around their families and pets. This tool gives them important information based on the product and its impact on health and the environment."

The project was funded in part by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology and from local solid waste tipping fees. Many organizations, agencies and individuals collaborated on this consumer guide including: King County, Washington State University, Oregon Metro, and Seattle Public Utilities.

Learn more about Grow Smart, Grow Safe at www.growsmartgrowsafe.org

For information about the Thurston County Environmental Health Integrated Pest Management program, visit: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehipm/index.html

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3