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Property owners reminded of city’s summer fertilizer ordinance

By Staff | Jul 24, 2019

Sanibel residents, property owners, and landscape and fertilizer applicators are reminded to give fertilizer routines a summer vacation and abide by the city’s fertilizer ordinance in the rainy season, according to the city of Sanibel.

By following the fertilizer ordinance, which is in effect July 1 through Sept. 30, the community can be part of the city’s ongoing effort to minimize local and regional nutrient pollution in local waterways.

The community is reminded:

– It is a violation of city Ordinance 07-003 to apply fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorous during the rainy season (July 1 to Sept. 30).

– Fertilizers cannot be applied within 25 feet of a body of water, including lakes, ponds, canals, wetlands and the Sanibel Slough.

– Fertilizers cannot be applied to impervious surfaces, such as roadways, driveways and sidewalks. Any spills should be cleaned up immediately.

– Fertilizers cannot be applied to stormwater conveyance systems or catch basins.

The city reported that algae blooms are stimulated by excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus). Stormwater runoff containing nutrients from fertilizer applications can feed algae resulting in a bloom. By following the ordinance, the community can help reduce the amount of “food” available to algae and the likelihood of an algae bloom.

To learn more about Sanibel’s fertilizer ordinance, visit www.mysanibel.com/Departments/Natural-Resources/Protecting-Our-Water-Quality/Sanibel-H2O-Matters/Sanibel-s-Fertilizer-Information.

To learn on the Sanibel Communities for Clean Water Program, visit sanibelcleanwater.org.

For additional water quality information, visit Sanibel H2O Matters online at www.mysanibel.com/Departments/Natural-Resources/Protecting-Our-Water-Quality/Sanibel-H2O-Matters.

The public can also learn about through Lee County’s initiative at fertilizesmart.com.

For more information, contact the Sanibel Department of Natural Resources at 239-472-3700.