Life on the Island: Leaf blowers, no!

This week’s Life on the Island column is about the noise and particle pollution of leaf blowers. Read it in whole (or, in part, if you prefer) here. [Ed. note: The Alameda Journal blog is officially on vacation until August 20, but you can find the online Alameda Journal here—or read what other bloggers are saying at Alamedans.]

Past “Life on the Island” columns
July 29, 2008: Backyard wells and conserving water
July 22, 2008: Out and about on a home-town date
July 15, 2008: Changes in school leadership offers new opportunities
July 8, 2008: Getting an education in civics
July 1, 2008: Soaking up life on the Bay
June 24, 2008: Alamedans get back to basics to save environment
June 17, 2008: Fear can limit the joys of childhood
June 10, 2008: Never underestimate the power of one
June 3, 2008: Paying the price to have good schools
May 27, 2008: A civil rights issue in our time
May 20, 2008: What’s cooking in the hot weather?
May 12, 2008: When a man needs a cave
May 5, 2008: Enjoying that small-town feel
April 28, 2008: Support of tax teaches lesson
April 21, 2008: New garage can be a good habit
April 14, 2008: When the earth shakes, duck
April 7, 2008: Snails, ants, lice and light brown apple moths


  • Susan Davis

    Thanks for the great column on leaf blowers, Eve. I agree completely with what you wrote. Leaf blowers create high levels of air and noise pollution; they contribute to global warming; they’re not efficient; and they’re unhealthy for the people who use them.

    With rates of obesity and asthma rising — and with concerns about global warming mounting — wouldn’t it be better to use tools that are quiet, provide some exercise, don’t pollute, and actually do the job right?

  • Bonnie Barberini

    Thank you for your article on leaf blowers. I do not understand why our noise ordinances are not enforced.

    The other part of this issue is I have never seen anyone with a leaf blower actually pick up the leaves. The leaves end up in the gutter and I guess the City street sweepers are suppose to pick up the leaves.

    I agree with you — bring back the rake!