Milwaukie, Oregon Pollinator Protection Ordinance


Milwaukie, Ore., April 20, 2016 — Last night with a vote of 4 to 1, the City Council of Milwaukie, Oregon, passed a resolution to help protect and restore bees and other pollinators. The resolution will halt the use of neonicotinoids and other like insecticides on public property within city limits. The Clackamas County’s integrated pest management plan will mirror the resolution, meaning the suspension of use will extend beyond city limits.

See VIDEO of Council meeting
(click on “Neonicotinoid Pesticides – Resolution” to jump to that part of the video of the meeting)

Neonicotinoid Pesticides –  Read the Milwaukie City Council Resolution documents (PDF)


The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers: 10722 SE Main Street | Milwaukie, OR 97222 [google map]. Let us know on Facebook if you on being there!

Act now to protect bees, right here in Multnomah County!
Beyond Toxics urges you to take action support this ordinance. It will save pollinators by prohibiting the use of neonicotinoid insecticides (“neonics”) on city property. Thank the Milwaukee City Government for addressing pollinator protections!


How can I help?
Your written comments are VERY important. This is true even if you don’t live in Milwaukee because bees know no boundaries – they can forage for miles! (see email addresses listed below)

Sample letter:

Dear Mayor Mark Gamba, the Milwaukie City Councilors and city staff,

I am writing to thank you for introducing a proposal to protect bee and pollinator through the City’s policies. I commend you for committing to specific actions to ban the use of neonicotinoids on city property and to end the purchase of treated plants using public dollars.

It is refreshing that Milwaukie understands that the use of hazardous pesticides is not necessary to create and maintain green lawns, landscapes and public gardens. Oregon’s native bees, water quality and our entire food system are threatened by the use of these persistently toxic and systemic insecticides.

Please vote YES to adopt the Milwaukie Ordinance to suspend the use and purchase of neonicotinoid pesticides! Your hard work is appreciated!

[your name]

Use these emails if you intend to send your testimony via email…

Mayor Mark Gamba
Councilor Scott Churchill
Councilor Lisa Batey
Councilor Karin Power
Councilor Wilda Parks


If you cannot attend please take a moment to review our talking points to gather a few facts for your written comments…and send an email to the City Commissioners. ALSOWhy should local governments care about pollinators? (PDF)

The City Councilors need to receive your comments as soon as possible. (See these talking points to protect Oregon’s pollinators to help you write your top 2 or 3 reasons why you support this ordinance.) | Find resources


Read the current full text of proposed City of Milwaukee ordinance!

Here is a brief excerpt of the strong City of Milwaukee Resolution on the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides Toxic to Honey Bees and Other Pollinators:

WHEREAS, the use of neonicotinoid pesticides is associated with lethal and sub-lethal effects on bees that impair bee foraging patterns, navigating and learning behavior, alter reproductive cycles, impair bee immune systems leading to increased susceptibility to pathogens and reduced colony survival;

WHEREAS, the loss of pollinators is alarmingly high. Honey bees are facing annual declines of approximately 40%, greatly in excess of normal losses; and

WHEREAS, recent research found that more than 1/4 of North American bumble bees are at risk of extinction.

RECOGNIZING, threats to pollinators concerns the entire food system, where pollination services provided by honey bees and other essential pollinators account for one in every three bites of food, are responsible for the pollination of commodity crops such as almonds, apples, blueberries and many others, and contribute between $20-30 billion worth of services to U.S. agriculture;

The City of Milwaukie will not procure or use products containing neonicotinoid or neonicotinoid-like insecticides, or plants treated with neonicotinoid or neonicotinoid-like insecticides. The city will purchase landscaping materials, including plants and seeds, that have not been treated with neonicotinoids or other like systemic insecticides and hereby urges all businesses, homeowners and HOAs operating within the city to take steps to ensure no plants, seeds or products containing neonicotinoids are purchased, sold or used within the city, and to clearly and accurately label any plants or materials that have been treated with a neonicotinoid or neonicotinoid-like insecticide.

The City of Milwaukie will suspend the use of neonicotinoids and other bee-toxic systemic insecticides on all city properties.


Full text of proposed City of Milwaukee ordinance