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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A bill limiting the use of lawn fertilizers, a growing source of Chesapeake Bay pollution, is to be signed into law this week.

State, federal and industry officials plan to be in Annapolis on Thursday for the signing by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Lawns are being eyed in bay cleanup efforts because grass covers more acres in the bay watershed than any other crop, and is expected to soon exceed all other crops combined. While fertilizers help lawns grow, they also harm water quality when they reach the bay.

The bill limits nitrogen in fertilizer used by most consumers, bans most phosphorus, restricts when it can be applied and establishes a certification program for commercial applicators.

Maryland joins Virginia, where a similar bill was signed into law this year.

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

Comments (2)
  1. Mike says:

    So, is the EPA going to sue us for allowing our grass to die.
    Hey, how about we ban everything

  2. sheriff says:

    Mike, Not a bad idea. I used to be in those “Yuppie” neighborly wars about who’s grass is greener & yard more appealing. Like having a circle jerk or dic measuring contest. Silly & costly in many ways in addition to ruining our creeks & rivers.

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