A reminder from the IRNA

Jean Catchpole

To residents of Indian River County, the City of Vero Beach, Sebastian and Orchid, a reminder that  fertilizer restrictions will  go into effect on June 1st.   We are coming into our rainy season when more nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous (as well as herbicides, pet waste, etc,) are likely to be washed from our lawns, driveways and roads into the storm water system and, ultimately, into our already impaired Indian River Lagoon.  The fertilizer ordinances passed by our communities prohibits the use of lawn fertilizer between June 1st and September 30th.   No fertilizer containing Phosphorous is to be used at any time. All fertilizers must contain at least 50% slow release Nitrogen. Finally, no fertilizer is to be applied within 10 feet of any water body, a wetland, or from  the top of a seawall.

If you use a lawn care provider, please discuss these regulations with them and ask them not to blow grass clippings onto the road or into storm drains. This vegetation contains the nutrients from fertilizer that only adds to the pollution of our waterways. For details regarding the ordinance and fertilizing tips, please see the County’s video: https://www.ircgov.com/publicworks/stormwater/fertilizer.htm or email Alexis Peralta, the County’s Storm water educator and fertilizer enforcement officer, at aperalta@ircgov.com.

For your health and the health of our waterways, complying with the fertilizer ordinance is more important than ever as excess nutrients encourage the growth of harmful and possibly toxic algal blooms. These blooms are already being reported in other parts of our State.  Please do your part to improve water quality  by obeying the fertilizer ordinance.

Thank you,

Jean Catchpole, co-chair IRNA Water & Lagoon Committee catchsun@msn.com

One comment

  1. This Indian River Neighborhood Association has no credibility when it comes to polluting the Indian River. They support the expansion of the city marina up to 507 boat at the marina. If they cared anything about the Indian River they would oppose the expansion. Maybe they are looking at their donor list and the list of pro expansion people and the chose donors over the health of the River.

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