Seniors at the Victoria Park apartments on Lake City Way in Seattle are celebrating a victory Monday after successfully stopping plans to spray Roundup herbicide on their rooftop.
Victoria Park apartments is a place that boasts affordable living for active seniors – just how active, management recently learned.
"He had two gallons of round-up so I took pictures of him," Richard Pauli said.
Pauli took pictures of a landscaper set to spray the Roundup on Friday. It was in an area where many residents have their own gardens.
"Oh my gosh. I'm still harvesting my garden, and that is poison," Bonnie Waller remembered.
Waller was one of many concerned about the spraying.
"We said, 'Don't spray. That's toxic and we don't want it,’" Robbie Adams said.
Wind stopped the spraying for the weekend. That's when the seniors rallied with an email campaign and planned a protest.
"Put our foot down. It's really important we stick up for this," Pauli said.
The senior housing complex is where most people retire from work, but work to protect their corner of earth, they say, is more a duty.
"We want to maintain healthy lives for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren," Waller said.
Management decided to cancel the spraying, which was a part of seasonal weed control.
In a statement to KING 5, the Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG) wrote:
"As soon as some residents expressed their concerns to us, we took action and canceled plans to conduct the spraying and we are going to direct our landscape vendors and contractors not to use this product at any of our other communities. We thank our residents for their environmental awareness and we are working to find a greener alternative. We greatly appreciate the active, involved group of people who reside at SHAG's communities. We see this an opportunity to engage our residents to build better policy around environment and environmental issues in our communities."
SHAG plans to cancel Roundup spraying at all of its properties.
"We're not just tenants. We're people. And senior lives matter too," Adams said.