A Maryland Senate Committee yesterday held a hearing on a bill that would reduce fertilizer runoff pollution into the Chesapeake Bay by prohibiting homeowners from spreading fertilizer on their lawns before March 1 or after Nov. 15, or whenever the ground is frozen.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation strongly supports the Fertilizer Use Act of 2011, also known as Senate Bill 487
, which would also limit the nitrogen and phosphorus content in lawn fertilizers. And the legislation would bar the use of fertilizer within 10 feet to 15 feet of a stream or lake, depending on how it is applied. To learn more, click here