Summer Fertilizer Ban Begins June 1 For Melbourne
By Space Coast Daily // June 1, 2015
ban lasts until September 30
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The summer rainy season ban on fertilizer use in the City of Melbourne goes into effect on Monday, June 1. The ban lasts until September 30.
This regulation was enacted in order to keep harmful nutrients found in fertilizer from washing off from lawns, into storm drains and ultimately into the Indian River during the rainy summer months.
It is also illegal to blow grass clippings into streets or stormwater drains in the City of Melbourne at any time of the year. Instead, clippings should be blown back into yards, bagged or composted.
Penalties include a fine of $200 for violating either of these ordinances.
“We all have a role to play in protecting the Indian River Lagoon, especially when maintaining our lawns,” said Melbourne City Engineer Jenni Lamb.
“Fertilizing during the rainy season and blowing grass clippings into streets and storm drains have been identified as among the most harmful sources of pollution in the Indian River Lagoon.”
For more information, call the Stormwater Hotline: 321-608-7341