Florida proposes statewide fertilizer law

Updated Feb 19, 2013

Local government officials and environmentalists are concerned about a bill that is going through the Florida Legislature that would abolish all local ordinances restricting lawn fertilizer use, replacing them with a less restrictive state law, according to The Tampa Tribune.

Two counties in the Tampa Bay area have adopted ordinances banning nitrogen or phosphorus fertilizer use during the summer rainy season. The areas cite fertilizer that spills off residential lawns as a cause of algae growth that pollutes water bodies.

Another bill is also moving through the Legislature that would repeal a law passed last year requiring increased septic tank inspections.

To read more about how the Tampa Bay area is handling the bill, read the entire story.

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