DEC: Don't Use Lawn Fertilizers Containing Phosphorus

DEC: Don't Use Lawn Fertilizers Containing Phosphorus

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers using phosphorus.
ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding New Yorkers not to use lawn fertilizers using phosphorus.

A press release says the 2012 Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers unless a new lawn is being established or a soil test shows that the lawn does not have enough phosphorus.   The law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens. 

“Too much phosphorus is harmful to the state’s water resources,” said DEC Commissioner Joe Martens.  “Rain and snow runoff carries phosphorus to ponds, rivers, lakes and streams.  Once in the water, phosphorus can cause algae that turn waterbodies green, degrading drinking water and using up vital oxygen that fish need to breathe. We are asking New Yorkers to continue to exercise good environmental stewardship.”

Full text of the NYS Dishwasher Detergent and Nutrient Runoff Law, Frequently Asked Questions, and a downloadable sign for retail display on DEC's website.
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