Harmful algal blooms, ocean dead zones, and red tides are killing marine life.People are taking steps to reduce the deaths by making lawn owners practice responsible stewardship. In Falmouth, MA, residents passed a nitrogen fertilizer bylaw that will help save lawn owners money, keep lawns green and clean the waters for all to enjoy.
The Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, and Scotts Miracle-Gro Company want the state attorney general's office to reject Falmouth's bylaw.The local bylaw conflicts with a recent state law that gives the state authority to regulate nitrogen fertilizer over cities and towns.
Falmouth estuaries are badly polluted by nitrogen. Nitrogen causes massive algae blooms and indirectly causes red tides, which kill fish and other marine life. Clammers, fishermen and recreational boaters are acting to protect their Falmouth livelihoods by stopping nitrogen pollution.
The Falmouth bylaw prohibits the use of fertilizer from October 16 to April 14. During the growing season, from April 15 to October 15, fertilizer application is banned during heavy rain and banned within a hundred feet of water. Most importantly, lawn owners are only allowed to apply one pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn each year. The Town's action is responsible stewardship.
Please tell the Attorney General to support citizens' right to bar nitrogen fertilizer usage. Falmouth is acting in response to fish kills caused by too much nitrogen entering their waterways. The Town just wants to protect its waters and prevent more fish kills.
Take Action to Support Falmouth's Right Protect Its Estuaries from Nitrogen Pollution