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Win­ter Fer­til­iz­er Ban in Effect from Decem­ber through Feb­ru­ary


Novem­ber 14, 2016

3:30 p.m.

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL — The Alachua Coun­ty Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment wants to remind res­i­dents that the new Fer­til­iz­er Stan­dards were adopt­ed by the Coun­ty Com­mis­sion on May 24, 2016. These stan­dards include a ban on the use of fer­til­iz­ers con­tain­ing nitro­gen and/or phos­pho­rus dur­ing the months of Decem­ber, Jan­u­ary, and Feb­ru­ary.

The ordi­nance includes the fol­low­ing addi­tion­al stan­dards:

  • Fer­til­iz­ers may not be applied when soils are sat­u­rat­ed with water, before a heavy rain, and for 30 days before or after seed­ing or sod­ding.
  • Fer­til­iz­ers spilled on imper­vi­ous sur­faces must be removed imme­di­ate­ly, and may not be blown or washed into roads, stormwa­ter sys­tems, or water bod­ies.
  • Fer­til­iz­ers shall not be applied with­in a min­i­mum of 10 feet from any water­body unless a deflec­tor shield is used (then a min­i­mum dis­tance of three feet is required).
  • Grass clip­pings must be removed from streets, side­walks, and dri­ve­ways imme­di­ate­ly.
  • Fer­til­iz­er must be stored in areas pro­tect­ed from rain­fall and stormwa­ter runoff.
  • All com­mer­cial and insti­tu­tion­al appli­ca­tors shall suc­cess­ful­ly com­plete the Flori­da Friend­ly Best Man­age­ment Prac­tices for Water Resources by the Green Indus­tries train­ing and car­ry evi­dence that they are an FDACS Com­mer­cial Fer­til­iz­er Appli­ca­tor.

Fer­til­iz­ers are one of the main sources of nutri­ent pol­lu­tion to our sur­face waters, ground­wa­ter, and springs,” said Alachua Coun­ty Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Depart­ment Water Con­ser­va­tion Coor­di­na­tor Sta­cie Gre­co. “Elim­i­nat­ing or reduc­ing fer­til­iz­er use in yards will save mon­ey while help­ing to improve the health of our local water bod­ies, espe­cial­ly in the win­ter. Lawns go dor­mant in the win­ter, so fer­til­iz­ers are not tak­en up by roots. Instead, the excess nutri­ents can con­t­a­m­i­nate our drink­ing water and cause harm­ful algae in local springs and lakes.”

Vis­it the Alachua Coun­ty Water Resources web­site for addi­tion­al water pro­tec­tion infor­ma­tion.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Alachua Coun­ty Water Resources Man­ag­er Gus Olmos at 352–264-6806 or

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