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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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Our Government Cannot Stop all Invaders – Take Matters into Your Own Hands - Our government cannot stop all invaders at our borders. Sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands. Plants that come into the United States from abroad can choke our crops, native plants and gardens or cause algae blooms that kill fish. They can even poison animals. Invasive species threaten our environment, our economy and our health. The flood of plants and food that come in through ports and airports potentially brings in pests, disease and harmful plants.


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