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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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7,400 Pounds of Phosphorus Removed From Lakes - About 7,400 pounds of weed-feeding phosphorus was diverted from reaching our waterways last year, according to the 2014 State of the Lakes annual report, released this week. That’s significant, because every pound of phosphorus can produce 500 pounds of lake algae.


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