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County Strengthens Fertilizer Ban to Prevent Future Algae Blooms
Nutrient pollution, such as fertilizer runoff from yards along the Indian River lagoon and the canals that flow into it, has been linked to algae blooms clouding the water, blocking sunlight and killing acres of sea grasses.

Commissioners passed a new fertilizer-control ordinance that requires buffer zones between applications and the lagoon, a prohibition on the use of phosphorus without a soil test, and a requirement that at least 50 percent of the all fertilizer used contain slow-release nitrogen.

One commissioner hoped to exempt commercial users who completed a six-hour course, Best Management Practices, from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, but other commissioners don’t have much confidence in BMP and rejected the proposal.

 
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“One Yard at a Time” Campaign Drawing Donations for Lake Revitalization - With the dredging of Fulton’s portion of Lake Neatahwana underway, the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation launched its “One Yard at a Time for $12.89” campaign, in which supporters are asked to make a donation of $12.89 or more toward the effort.


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