Fertilizers Banned in Polluted Florida County

Certain fertilizers will be banned from use during summer months and rainy times of the year in Pinellas County, Florida after a recent ruling by the County Commission.

Roughly 75% of the county's waterways have been found impaired by pollutants, many of which are nitrogen- or phosphate-based, two main ingredients in commercial fertilizers.

"Sales of fertilizer with nitrogen or phosphates will be banned starting next year from June through September - or any time during the year when big storms or flooding hit - in Pinellas County. Applying that fertilizer on lawns will be banned starting this summer.

"We all have a moral responsibility to take care of the Earth, to take care of what's given to us," said Commissioner Susan Latvala. "

Thanks to Governing Magazine

Full Story: Pinellas commission passes fertilizer ban, 6-1



Good move, pesticides should be next

In addition to banning fast release chemical fertilizers, toxic chemical pesticides applications should also be banned. While fertilizers are being washed into our lakes and streams, so are herbicides, insecticides and fungicides. There is also the real problem of drift as liquid pesticides blow in the air upon application.

The "acceptable" limits of these chemicals in our waters, soil and air shouldn't be deemed acceptable, and many aren't even tested for during water treatment.

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