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Resolution I 1565

A LOCAL LAW TO UPDATE THE COUNTY’S FERTILIZER REGULATIONS TO INCORPORATE WEATHER RESTRICTIONS

Back in 2007, Suffolk County (followed by Nassau) passed a Nitrogen reduction law that regulated when we buy and apply fertilizer. 

At the end of July, SC Legislators Trotta & Mazzarella proposed Introduced a Resolution that would add Weather Restrictions to those Fertilizer Regulations.

 

If Passed, it would prohibit applying any fertilizer containing N or P to turf during a period in which the National Weather Service has issued any of these Advisories:

  • a Severe Thunder Storm - Watch or Warning;

  • a Flood - Watch or Warning;

  • a Tropical Storm - Watch or Warning;

  • or a Hurricane - Watch or Warning.

But here is the real problem,

  • This Ban applies if any of these NWS advisories exist ANYWHERE in Suffolk County;

  • and shall remain in effect until 24 Hours AFTER the advisory has ended.

LINLA gave a testimony at the 8/30 meeting of the Environment, Parks & Agriculture committee stating our objections to the changes and offering an alternative. 

The Resolution was TABLED and may be revisited at the September meeting on 9/30.

We will keep you posted.

 

LINLA would like to thank Legislators Krupski, Fleming and Piccirillo for discussing the issue before the meeting and for Chairwoman Hahn for hearing the extended testimony.

Dated: August 30, 2021