Legislator Denenberg Announces County’s New Fertilizer Law
May 21, 2009 at 2 p.m.
250 Atlantic Avenue, Freeport
Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick) as Chairman of the Legislature’s Planning, Development and Environment Committee, will be joined by Sig Feile, proprietor of Atlantic Avenue Nursery and representatives from landscape and gardening associations to announce Nassau County’s new Fertilizer Law. The purpose of the law is to reduce the amount of nitrogen released into the environment by prohibiting the application of fertilizer to any property in the County between November 15 and April 1 each year. During that time period, usually the coldest time of the year, any applied fertilizer is not absorbed since the ground is frozen. Legislator Denenberg is the sponsor of this new legislation.
“The use of fertilizer during the cold weather months results in nitrogen run-off and leaching which leads to contaminated drinking water, storm water, ground water as well as to the pollution of our waterways, wetlands and estuaries,” said Legislator Denenberg. “Unlike Suffolk’s fertilizer law, Nassau County’s legislation includes golf courses. It will minimize nitrogen leachate to groundwater and surface waters and minimize hazards to our drinking water and our health.”
Sig Feile, Proprietor, Atlantic Avenue Nursery
Pat and Patricia Voges, Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Association
Sal Massulo, President, Long Island Nursery Landscaper’s Association