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Saturday, June 04, 2011

Tampa approves ban on fertilizer

Published 6/3/2011
Scientists at the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the Sierra Club pushed for the tougher rules, arguing that nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers contribute to nutrient pollution that saps the oxygen in waterways and fuels algae blooms that harm marine life.

Statewide, at least 50 cities and counties have approved seasonal nitrogen-based fertilizer bans to varying degrees, including St. Petersburg and Sarasota and Pinellas counties.

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