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Miami-Dade adopts “gold standard” for fertilizer bans. Biscayne Bey still needs more than that

More than 130 cities and counties in Florida have laws restricting the use of fertilizers that promote the growth of algae and killing fish that suffer from waterways such as Lake Biscay.

The Miami-Dade area has been a barrier until recently, although some towns in the area, such as Key Biscayne and Miami Beach, have passed their own rules.

The county commission not only finally passed the Fertilizer 11-1 decision, but also created what environmentalists consider to be Florida’s strongest local law, the “gold standard” of fertilizer rules.

The new ordinance prohibits the use of fertilizers from May 15 to October 31 each year, which is longer than most ceremonies in the state. Fertilization is especially harmful during the rainy season, when rain washes nutrients into canals, which eventually end up in the main waterways. This means that instead of helping your meadow grow greener, it is actually feeding on the algae that suffocates the seaweed and contributes to the killing of fish, as it did in the Bay of Biscay last year.

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South Florida’s rainy season is longer, which is why Miami-Dade has adopted a longer ban. The county also imposed stricter restrictions on fertilizer use for reasons beyond rain. Although in many parts of the state, 50 percent of fertilizer use is required to be “slow penetrating,” Miami-Dade will need 65 percent.

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Execution starts on August 1, և Violations involve the possibility of a $ 500 fine. But it is practically impossible to go after bad actors in a region as big as Miami-Dade. Fertilizer bans have been successful when combined with home-business education campaigns.

The new rules free farms, nurseries and golf courses, which means that some of the major sources of fertilizer pollution will not change (agricultural runoff is a problem, especially in the southern part of the Bay). Fruit and vegetable gardens are also excluded.

That is why banning fertilizers is just one of the steps the commission should take to clear the Bay of Biscay, as suggested in a report published by the working group last year.

Fertilizers are one of the four main sources of pollution in Bay. Others are sewage leaks, rainwater drains and septic tanks. Miami Waters Rachel Silverstein told the editorial board.

Septic tank damage

Septic tanks are canned goods that hit the state of Florida and the state for decades. We knew they had been polluting Bay since the 1940s. There are 120,000 properties on septic systems in Miami-Dade, 56 percent of which are endangered. This issue is exacerbated by rising sea levels, which lead to rising groundwater levels, absorbing the soil into which septic tank waste is discharged.

The Biscayne Bay Working Group has recommended a mandatory septic system registration and verification program that prioritizes properties near estuaries and canals. This is the next good step for the commission. Another piece of low-hanging fruit connects to 1,900 septic tanks, which are more vulnerable to compromise or failure, which are also located next to sewer pipes. A total of 12,000 septic systems are located near sewers.

Getting rid of all septic tanks is expected to cost $ 4 billion, not including the $ 7,500 to $ 40,000 that would cost homeowners. Resolving this issue will require a long-term commitment և ից ն ից, ից և այս և և և և և ություն և և լուծ լուծ լուծ լուծ ումը ումը լուծ լուծ լուծ լուծ ումը լուծ լուծ լուծ լուծ լուծ լուծ :

We can commend the district commissioners for taking a big step forward. But let ‘s demand that they stay on track.

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