On June 11, 2021, our very own Waterkeeper, Rachel Silverstein, joined panelists to discuss the County-wide fertilizer ordinance that was passed in April. This panel was also joined by Mayor Levine Cava, Commissioner Eileen Higgins, and Irela Bague. Too much fertilizer washing into the water can feed algal growth and blooms, which contribute to seagrass die-offs. Most people use too much fertilizer on their lawns, which means that the excess that is not taken up by landscape plants and turf grass gets washed into storm drains and ultimately into our watershed. Especially during rainy summer months, fertilizer is more likely to run off into waterways before plants can even use it.
Learn more about how you can reduce nutrient pollution in our waterways HERE.