Urban Fertilizer Bill proposed for Brevard County, FL
PLEASE PUT THE DEC, 11, 2012 ON YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN TO ATTEND. WE NEED TO PACK THE HOUSE ON THIS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STRONGER ORDINANCE PASSES.
Indian River Lagoon Stakeholders,
After over two years of preparation, negotiation and vetting, a strong fertilizer management ordinance will be proposed to the Board of County Commissioners on December 11, 2012. The purpose of the ordinance is to help reduce nutrient pollution now flowing in to the Indian River Lagoon from urban fertilizer run-off. So far, only Martin County, of the six lagoon counties, has adopted such an ordinance. Throughout the state, over 50 communities have enacted strong ordinances.
Our lagoon, as I’m sure you know, is enduring extreme sea grass loss and our fishery is in great danger. Dr, Grant Gilmore. a leading expert on our fishery, recently stated that we are reaching a point where there will not be a “next generation of fish”. The west coast communities have adopted and embraced such ordinances since 2007 and report dramatic success – sea grass expanding over 600 acres a year and fish populations trending strongly up. These ordinances provide strong leverage for public education efforts and are proven successful. Sarasota County reports 14-48 % reduction in nutrient pollution as a direct result of their ordinance.
No fertilizer containing phosphorous shall be applied to turf or landscape plants in Brevard County unless a soil or plant tissue deficiency is verified by a University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences, approved testing methodology.
The nitrogen content of fertilizer applied to turf or landscape plants within Brevard County shall contain at least 50% slow release nitrogen per guaranteed analysis label.
It is recommended that no fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus be applied to turf or landscape plants during the restricted application period, defined as June 1 to September 30.
To better protect the future of the Indian River Lagoon system it’s time we pass a strong Brevard County fertilizer ordinance
Check out the Board of County Commissioners website for more info on the meeting- http://brevardcountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=1164
Thank you for your assistance,
Anglers for Conservation (AFC)
Education ~ Restoration ~ Applied Conservation Science
Phone: (321) 750.3374