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Fertilizer Ban in Effect
A ban on the use of fertilizers containing phosphorous and nitrogen is in effect now through September 30 for Sarasota, Pinellas and Manatee counties, as well as the city of Tampa, in order to help prevent excess water pollution during the rainy season.

It’s during that time that the ground is not able to fully absorb the nutrients in the fertilizer before storms wash them away, and they eventually make their way into Tampa Bay and the Gulf.

According to Kelli Hammer-Levy, division director of environmental management in Pinellas County, high levels of phosphorous and nitrogen in the water can cause algae blooms, which can eventually kill fish and lead to other environmental problems.


 
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Aquatic Invasive Species: Rock Snot - Rock snot, slimy yellow-brown algae is beginning to spread to other habitats around the World. Rock snot, of didymor, was once native to a few stretches of rivers on Canada’s Vancouver Island, has now reached the waters of New Zealand, Iceland, Alberta, and Atlantic Canada. This aquatic invasive species, according to expert Matthias Herborg does not appear to be an issue to human or wildlife health, but biologists are concerned that it could alter food webs in rivers.


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