April Pledge-of-the-Month:
Fertilizer!

Rain washes fertilizer into waterways or into stormdrains that carry it to waterways. Fertilizer in waterways causes algae blooms that pollute drinking water, make it unsafe to swim, and kill fish. 

Nutrient pollution from excess fertilizer is one of the top water quality challenges in the US. It leads to the overgrowth of algae which deplete the oxygen in the water. Fish and other aquatic species can’t live without the dissolved oxygen, so nutrient pollution causes dead zones in lakes and waterways.

Learn more about fertilizer and water.

Here’s what you can do!

  • Reduce fertilizer use!  If you choose to use it, test the soil first to see what it needs.
  • Leave grass clippings in the lawn for natural fertilizer.
  • Replace lawn with native trees and plants.
  • Take a Clear Choices Clean Water pledge!