Many of Florida’s springs, rivers and lakes are suffering from an overdose of fertilizer. When fertilizer is applied just before or during a rainstorm by a homeowner or a lawn service, much of it runs off into storm drains and into the receiving water body.
In a common-sense effort to help heal local waters, many local governments have adopted ordinances that ban the application of nitrogen and phosphorus lawn fertilizers during the rainy season. Yet for the seventh legislative session in a row, local fertilizer ordinances are under attack by politically powerful industries that make, sell and apply theses products.
It’s important for state representatives and senators to also hear from citizens who support local ordinances that reduce nutrient pollution. If a waterway is sick from a fertilizer overdose, the remedy is to lower the intake.