Update on April 26, 2013
Many dead striped bass littered the shore of Falmouth's Little Pond (http://www.oceanriver.org/CapeCod.php) next to Nantucket Sound last July.
Death came in the combination of warm weather, the longest daylight
periods of the year, and nitrogen-fed algal blooms depleting the oxygen. The
year before Little Pond's demise another fish kill happened on the Buzzard's
Bay side of Falmouth.
knowing that without the nitrogen local fish kills won't happen, have had
enough. They've taken fertilizer
application management into their own hands.
Fertilizer regulations are not new for our Massachusetts
coastal communities. The first
fertilizer regulation was passed by the Puritans in 1639. They prohibited the use of cod fish or
striped bass for fertilizer. Their
concern was less for the detriments of nitrogen run-off and more for observations
of declining populations of the two best-eating fish at that time.
Today, in opposition to this local responsible stewardship
effort are the Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals, the
Retailers Association of Massachusetts, and Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. They know better, but are too addicted to profiting
to inform lawn owners of the proper amount of fertilizer to put down. They like
it when we use five times the amount needed because they don't live here.
For the love of fish (and fish consumption)
Please sign the Ocean River Institute's comment letter (http://www.oceanriver.org/CapeCod.php) to permit towns to regulate local application of the proper
amount of fertilizer at the right time, and away from waterways. Urge the AG not to let the fertilizer
profiteers strip management rights from local town folk. For they are legislating state-wide uniform
practices of excessive fertilizer spread to fatten their profit margins. This is at the expense of our ponds, inlets,
bays and coastal waters. And, it's
killing striped bass.