ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers are considering new regulations for lawn fertilizer because it harms the Chesapeake Bay if it isn’t applied properly.

A Senate committee heard bills on Tuesday that would require cuts in the amount of nutrients in lawn fertilizer and tighten commercial lawn-care regulation. Another measure would limit how and when homeowners could use fertilizer.

Lawmakers are seeking to regulate fertilizer because it can run off lawns and spur oxygen-robbing algae blooms in the bay. The Environmental Protection Agency says there is more turf acreage in the bay watershed than any other crop.

The bills follow a measure passed last month in Virginia that bans the sale of fertilizer containing phosphorus for use on established lawns.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. ted bundy says:

    a small part of a huge problem like 50 years plus

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