I Love Long Island The campaign to reduce high-nitrogen lawn fertilizer
High-nitrogen lawn fertilizers used on Long Island are contributing to our water pollution problems, impacting both our drinking water and our surface waters.
The protection of our water falls under the jurisdiction of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The DEC has convened the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan ("LINAP") to advise the Governor on steps that can be taken to reduce pollution of our water, but so far the agency has been unable to come up with any solutions.
Last year, NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright introduced legislation to limit the sale and use of high nitrogen products on Long Island. The bill passed overwhelmingly in the NYS Assembly, but pressure was brought on the Senate by fertilizer manufacturers and landscape professionals, and the bill failed to pass.
Recently the DEC floated the idea of changing packaging labels as a way to reduce pollution. We strongly oppose such a half-hearted and unenforceable solution. This is not the kind of bold action we need right now to protect our water.
Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news, and please support strong, meaningful efforts to reduce the use of these polluting products.
"I Love Long Island" lawn signs are available from many of our supporting organizations. For the name of your nearest participating organization, please call (516) 883-0887 or email email@example.com.